While Apple is in the public’s attention right now for fighting against the U.S. government to keep its devices encrypted, Amazon seems to have gone the opposite direction and removed the local storage encryption feature from all of its devices, including the Kindle e-readers, Fire Phone, Fire Tablets, and Fire TV devices.
Amazon’s devices have supported encryption for a while, but starting with Fire OS 5, encryption is not even an option anymore. Therefore, if Amazon devices customers have the encryption enabled when they receive the Fire OS 5 update, it won’t allow the installation to go through until users remove the encryption from their devices. You will instead be greeted with this message:“Your device has encrypted data. However, device encryption is no longer supported in Fire OS 5. Follow the steps outlined below to save your data.”
I have a contact and database program running on my home computer, includes some logins. It came with a App that ran on my Amazon Fire tablet, useful to be able to carry all my contact info with me. Then I realized that while the home computer had encryption the old Fire tablet did not, so I removed the program from the tablet since I didn’t want to take that data out of the house if I couldn’t protect it.
I now have a newer Fire HD tablet (bought for my mother to use, that went over like a bag of wet rocks). I hadn’t yet thought about checking for encryption abilities on the new tablet, now I guess I now know that answer to that question.
But I’m no longer surprised. Amazon is the company that is eagerly supporting the ‘Nationwide Internet Sales Tax’ simply because they are one of the few that have the computing power to handle the hundreds of different sales tax jurisdictions across the country. The company that was the first to fold and comply with the demands to ban or eliminate any and all Confederate memorabilia, flags and clothing. To ‘push’ their Prime Accounts they started deliberately slowing down or delayed shipping on-hand items to ensure nothing non-prime arrived quickly…and so on and so on.etc.
Dealing with the Terrorist Threat is easy, put a bullet through their head. Done! But the US Government is more of a threat to any and all of us, is more interested in reading our mail, searching our computers and knowing where we are going and what we are doing. Not just criminals, or the politically active. All of us.
They can shoot, imprison, bankrupt, in short, destroy anyone they choose. Don’t think that is a true statement? Can you envision the possibility that you could piss off Hillary Clinton, anger Al Sharpton, get in the way of Barack Obama? Might be nice to be able to protect your records, data, and especially contacts from that government at that point.
State and Federal governments and their agencies are becoming Big Brother and Amazon is quite willing to be their quartermaster and spymaster. And the only use I now have for that Fire Tablet is to check the next days weather and whats on TV tonight.