Amazon removes encryption help in newest Hearth OS replace

Amazon removes encryption support in latest Fire OS update

As Apple continues to battle the FBI in favor of gadget encryption, it seems that Amazon has quietly gone the opposite means. In accordance with a number of house owners of Amazon’s tablets, the newest Hearth OS 5 replace truly removes encryption help from its units. That signifies that should you beforehand had your Hearth system encrypted, the newest OS replace will primarily break that encryption. So you’ll be able to both stick to the present OS to stay encrypted however miss out on Android safety updates, or you’ll be able to replace to OS 5 and danger your private knowledge being stolen. Neither of that are nice choices, and you may see a slew of consumers complaining about it in Amazon’s help boards.

Whereas Apple fights the great battle, @Amazon removes encryption as choice from FireOS 5 | @csoghoian @normative @eff

— David Scovetta (@davidscovetta) March three, 2016

It is value noting right here that Amazon did truly file an amicus temporary supporting Apple in its battle towards the FBI. The corporate has additionally been very bullish in saying that its Amazon Echo merchandise — that are all the time listening for sure key phrases — have robust encryption. So it is uncommon to see the corporate primarily backtrack on its encryption efforts with the newest Hearth OS replace, particularly as the remainder of the tech business rallies round Apple. We have reached out to Amazon for remark and can replace this publish if we hear extra.

Supply: Motherboard