After Backlash, Amazon Promises To Bring Back Encryption On Fire OS

from the of-course dept

Just to close the loop on this one: just after the firestorm last week when Amazon was called out for removing device encryption from Fire OS 5 (at the very same time as its CTO was saying encryption is "mandatory" and the company signed on to a brief supporting Apple in the encryption fight, the company has admitted that it will restore encryption to Fire OS 5 "sometime in the spring."

The company had insisted that no one was really using it -- and some suggested that there may have been performance issues when encryption was turned on. But, even if that's the case, it still makes little sense to have yanked the feature entirely. For the small number of people who were using it, it was clearly an important feature. And, given all of this, it's no surprise Amazon is bringing it back. It still doesn't quite explain why they removed it in the first place, but it's good to see that this got settled in the proper way in the end.

Filed Under: backlash, encryption, fire os
Companies: amazon

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    PaulT (profile), 8 Mar 2016 @ 12:23am


    "I think the answer is way simpler than any of you think:"

    I like the way you think that "Amazon removed it because they wanted to generate a bunch of press about their own hypocrisy that may further their own publicity when they made a public U-turn in the face of negative attention" is simpler than "Amazon removed an underused feature that may have been causing support issues, but misjudged the negative backlash".

    It's an interesting spin, but you couldn't agree with an opinion here without inserting your own spin with no real insight as to why it somehow makes more sense than the article, could you?

    "That's pretty sad."

    It's pretty sad if it actually leads to a net benefit for Amazon rather than people going "we can't trust them, so my next purchase won't be an Amazon product". Not unlikely, but pretty sad.

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