- Google can remotely disable the device protection on most Android smartphones. This shows a report the prosecutor of New York, of which American media reported.
Google may change the PIN on the lock screen and thus gain access to the device. For this, the tech company does need a court order. By unlocking a device remotely, the police can then investigate suspicious people.
Turning off the device lock will soon become more difficult with the advent of Android smartphones 6. 0. In this version of the operating system, such as the Nexus One and HTC 5X and 6P A9 is by default the encryption on. This allows Google can not remotely change the PIN. Android 5. 0 also features encryption, but that option is not usually on most devices.
With iPhones it works differently however. Police officers are often send the smartphone to Apple, which places the required data on a hard disk. The prosecutor does not speak any case the process of both Google and Apple. He argues for a law that makes it possible to decrypt any smartphone remotely.