“On Monday, experts speaking to The Wall Street Journal about the ongoing smartphone encryption debate estimated that roughly ’10 percent of the world’s 1.4 billion Android phones were encrypted,’ compared to 95 percent of all iPhones,” Andrew Cunningham reports for Ars Technica.

“The vast majority of iDevices are running iOS 8 or 9 and thus all data on them is encrypted in a way that makes it impossible for Apple or others to directly access data on them without their passcodes,” Cunningham reports. “Assuming that people don’t begin encrypting their Android phones en masse or that Google doesn’t change its policies, it means that it could easily be another two or three years before even a plurality of Android devices are encrypted.”

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MacDailyNews Take: “Open.” As in: Wide.

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Survey: People trust U.S. NSA more than Google – October 29, 2014
Apple CEO Tim Cook ups privacy to new level, takes direct swipe at Google – September 18, 2014
Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for government, police – even with search warrants – September 18, 2014
U.S. NSA watching, tracking phone users with Google Maps – January 28, 2014
U.S. NSA secretly infiltrated Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say – October 30, 2013
Google has already inserted some U.S. NSA code into Android – July 10, 2013
Court rules NSA doesn’t have to reveal its semi-secret relationship with Google – May 22, 2013
Edward Snowden’s privacy tips: ‘Get rid of Dropbox,” avoid Facebook and Google – October 13, 2014

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “KingMel” for the heads up.]