Amazon confirms it has dropped device encryption support for its Fire Tablets
Amazon has confirmed that version 5 of Fire OS for its Fire tablet removes support for device encryption.
In a statement sent to TechCrunch the company said: “In the fall when we released Fire OS 5, we removed some enterprise features that we found customers weren’t using. All Fire tablets’ communication with Amazon’s cloud meet our high standards for privacy and security including appropriate use of encryption.”
So, in other words, Amazon is still encrypting data transfers from Fire tablets to external servers but content stored locally on a Fire tablet is not being afforded such protections.
The dropping of support for Fire OS 5 device encryption was spotted earlier by EFF member David Scovetta who tweeted the following screenshot from the Fire tablet user guide:
Amazon’s move has come to light at a time when Apple is fighting a high profile legal battle against the FBI in support of encryption. The agency has demanded Apple weakens the security of iOS to…
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