Both Google and Apple Inc. have decided to act against the setbacks that have been occurring by the hackers all around the world. They also take the initiates to personalize the users’ information from handing over to all the law enforcement organizations. This news has come into light after the recent celebrity photo leak of 2014, Gmail users’ names and passwords being exposed, eBay gets attacked by the hackers and many more incidents like these.
Google has already announced of its upcoming mobile operating system; which is Android L; to be able to encrypt all the users’ data automatically by default. Google is hoping it to be effective in terms of protecting of personal info. from hackers as well as making it difficult for the law enforcing agencies to acquire information of individual’s.
Adding to this, on Last Thursday, Apple claimed that all the devices that are running its latest iOS8 operating software; would able to be encrypted by default; where the company itself will not be able to have the liberty to access. Both Google & Apple has taken this measurement recently, though most of their users are still either unaware of its existence or had not been able to enable this particular function. Apple has taken this step just after its boss Tim Cook shared an online message where he assured all the Apple users with their philosophy; which was “great customer experience shouldn’t come at the expense of your privacy”.
Along with announcing it, Mr. Cook also took an open secret swing towards Google stating that Apple would never use its users’ classified information in order to sell things. He shared, “We don’t ‘monetise’ the information you store on your iPhone or in iCloud, and we don’t read your email or your messages to get information to market to you”. He also mentioned that despite having an advertising business for Apple, the users are able to disable this function at their will.
Just after a while, Google also stated its strong stance against the invasion of privacy while embracing this encryption with default mechanism. A spokesman from their company said, “For over three years, Android has offered encryption, and keys are not stored off of the device, so they cannot be shared with law enforcement. As part of our next Android release, encryption will be enabled by default out of the box, so you won’t even have to think about turning it on”. With this step, both Google and Apple have followed the footsteps of Blackberry, the handset manufacturing company which had embraced this encrypted data function with default for quite some time.
The introduction of encryption with default will also enable the users to protect their personal information from the law enforcement organizations. It will be worth mentioning that a good number of the biggest tech firms including Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter & Dropbox from US have been fighting requests from government to hand over many users’ private data.