Google Plans To Encrypt Android Data By Default - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Comments
Google Plans To Encrypt Android Data By Default
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
<<   <   Page 2 / 2
Dr.T
50%
50%
Dr.T,
User Rank: Strategist
9/22/2014 | 3:11:49 PM
Re: Google and privacy
It is less about encryption more about who has the keys to unlock it. Answer should be nobody but the users, otherwise it is unless middle tier.
Dr.T
50%
50%
Dr.T,
User Rank: Strategist
9/22/2014 | 3:09:13 PM
Apple difference
I would like to congratulate Apple leasing this. Google may have been working on it but they were not able to make news about it. It took Apple again to make a difference. At the sand time these companies should not be knowing anything about our data, we as a users own it and they have no reason to know about it they should be encrypting data in any every platform and not knowing the key.
jagibbons
50%
50%
jagibbons,
User Rank: Ninja
9/22/2014 | 1:13:14 PM
Re: Google and privacy
Probably a bit of both. Yes, privacy and data security is at the top of many people's minds with the comments from Apple and the recent very high profile data security breaches at major retailers this year. On the other side, it is just good business sense to go this route. Regardless of the reason, it will benefit many folks who won't take the time to turn on their encryption when they get their phone.
Ashu001
50%
50%
Ashu001,
User Rank: Ninja
9/22/2014 | 12:57:12 PM
Re: Google and privacy
Jaggibons,

Do you feel this just a Marketing Thing(in response to the Barbs thrown by Tim Cook their way recently) or is there more to it?

After all,Encryption was always available on Google Android Devices(just was never Turned on by Default).

 
Ashu001
50%
50%
Ashu001,
User Rank: Ninja
9/22/2014 | 12:55:34 PM
Re: Google and privacy
SaneIT,

Very true.

They will be just making it mega-hard for anyone else to access that Data(except themselves of course).

Else the whole Business purpose behind the phone/OS is defeated.

After all,Search is their Bread and Butter Business.

IF search fails they can't do anything(or make any money).

After all,Most Android OSes are given over to OEMs for Free today.

At the end of the day it all boils down to the fact there never were a Free Lunch nor is one available today.

 

 
jagibbons
50%
50%
jagibbons,
User Rank: Ninja
9/22/2014 | 12:55:19 PM
Re: Google and privacy
That's the inherent challenge in being a company that sells hardware as well as services on that hardware and also deals in data about those folks using those services on that hardware. It will always be a tough balance for Google, but adding this encryption should make a difference for privacy concerns. They'll still have access to all kinds of disclosed app usage and purchase data, just like Apple.
Ashu001
50%
50%
Ashu001,
User Rank: Ninja
9/22/2014 | 12:52:52 PM
And Google just lost its China Business...
Thomas,

Its good to see that the Two Pre-dominant Mobile OS Manufacturers are tackling this area with all Seriousness today.

I was just reading an Article in Today's Edition of Reuters;which clearly points out how thanks to China Tightening its Net Censorship Requirements further(Has a lot to do with the Massive Recession that the Chinese Economy is experiencing currently);Googles Share of Search as well as other Saas Options like Mail has declined sharply in China.

It seems ever since Google decided to Encrypt all Web Searches by Default,The Chinese are Happily Blocking access to Google China Servers (for Mainland Chinese) which are now directed to Hong Kong.

It seems they even blocked access to Google Drive and Google Play Services.

They(The Chinese) want to be in full control over their Internet which is why they won't permit any kind of Encryption which they can't break themselves.

Its an interesting situation to be in today(for Google).

Do you Bend down and submit the Will of the Mighty Communist Party ?

Or,do you just up sticks and exit the market entirely?

I see something very similar happening with Android Phones as well in China-They will mandate that they all get built in with some sort of HomeGrown Encryption over which they have full control.

Google Android can just kiss access to this Huge Market Goodbye if they don't comply.

 

 
SaneIT
50%
50%
SaneIT,
User Rank: Ninja
9/22/2014 | 7:56:55 AM
Google and privacy
"Google may find it harder to get credit for promoting privacy than Apple, because it's committed to collecting data about its users to help its advertising business -" Well, it looks like I'm not the only one casting a skeptical eye toward Google implementing encryption by default.  I guess as long as they can get the data that they want for advertising purposes they don't mind cutting everyone else off.  I can only speculate but I don't think that Google will be cutting off its own data collection by doing this.
<<   <   Page 2 / 2


The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
Download this report to compare how cloud usage and spending patterns have changed in 2020, and how respondents think they'll evolve over the next two years.
News
How GIS Data Can Help Fix Vaccine Distribution
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  2/17/2021
Commentary
Graph-Based AI Enters the Enterprise Mainstream
James Kobielus, Tech Analyst, Consultant and Author,  2/16/2021
Slideshows
11 Ways DevOps Is Evolving
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  2/18/2021
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you.
White Papers
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll