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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    Whatever (profile), 7 Mar 2016 @ 6:16pm

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

    Amazon knows that not that many people have been using the encryption features (why bother), but they also know that encryption is a current hot button issue. The announcement that they were disabling it on their products came about the same time that they announced their support for Apple's fight against the FBI.

    Remove encryption, generate tons of press, get people to scream that they shouldn't remove it, re-enable it, and point out how much you support Apple. Boom, news cycle complete.

    Amazon appears to be mostly manipulating the media and it's users to further a goal. That's pretty sad.

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