Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is set to launch its new mobile operating system Android 5.0 Lollipop on November 3. While Android users and smartphone companies having partnership for software with Google are happy on this development, there is one strong entity which is furious: The FBI. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Lollipop has infuriated FBI and other secret agencies in the US. In a program on Fox Business, Jo Ling Kent reported that Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s automatic encryption feature introduced in Android 5.0 is being labelled as a potential security risk for the country by FBI. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has been a target of criticism in the past on massive security vulnerabilities of its open source Android platform. Android, being an open source platform gives facilitation to its users, but the security loopholes are numerous. Hackers recently breached Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Apple’s platform which caused a stir around the world.
Kent said that Android Lollipop will encrypt complete information of any device. Contacts, data, passwords and online information will be encrypted by Android 5.0 by default. She quoted FBI director James Comey, who thinks that latest encryption program from Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Apple is a risk and will pose problems for law enforcement agencies to sustain their crime tracking programs.
Kent also showed an excerpt from her interview with Hiroshi Lockheimer who is Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s current VP of engineering. Lockheimer thinks that FBI must not be worried about this new feature. Google’s encryption features have been there in devices. Android 5.0 is making encryption a default feature. This is the demand of the users and the company thinks that this is the right thing to do. Security breaches are increasing around the world, so is the pressure from FBI. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) seems to have been trapped, but the company is opting for its users’ wishes.
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