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Amazon Quietly Removes Encryption Support from its Gadgets
« on: March 04, 2016, 01:20:34 pm »
Amazon Quietly Removes Encryption Support from its Gadgets

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Re: Amazon Quietly Removes Encryption Support from its Gadgets
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2016, 01:24:41 pm »
I never thought I'd say this but "HURRAY FOR APPLE"  :o
(heck if iOS devices end up as the only mobile platform with strong encryption, I'd even be willing to back them with a purchase .. what is the world coming to ::))

Apple, if you're reading this .. keep up the fight :)
(to other companies - FFS join with Apple rather than folding you bunch of chicken***ts)
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Re: Amazon Quietly Removes Encryption Support from its Gadgets
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2016, 03:14:01 pm »
It's a sad evolution in certain parts of the world and it happens with more and more companies...  :(
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Re: Amazon Quietly Removes Encryption Support from its Gadgets
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2016, 03:26:48 pm »
And this is the alleged reason as to why Amazon has done this:  ::)

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“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.” --Spokesperson for Amazon


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Amazon stops Fire encryption, leaving them vulnerable

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Re: Amazon Quietly Removes Encryption Support from its Gadgets
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2016, 05:32:49 pm »
Yeah that's the reason ::)
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Re: Amazon Quietly Removes Encryption Support from its Gadgets
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2016, 05:35:48 am »
Amazon will restore Fire OS‘ encryption support in the spring  ::)

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Amazon will restore optional full disk encryption to Fire OS 5 in a software update "coming this spring," according to a statement released by the company on Friday evening.
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Re: Amazon Quietly Removes Encryption Support from its Gadgets
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2016, 06:58:11 am »
I don't know what Amazon has been thinking, and I don't what they are waiting for, but I'm glad to see that encryption will eventually be restored. 

Good find, GNULINUX! :)

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I'd like to think that Peppermint forum played its part in Amazon's recent change of heart. ;)


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Re: Amazon Quietly Removes Encryption Support from its Gadgets
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2016, 12:00:15 pm »
Hi guys,

I hate to sound like a total pessimist, but it could also be that Amazon is doing this in response to pressure from the NSA and that the "restored" encryption that is coming will have a "backdoor" that permits NSA snooping ...

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Re: Amazon Quietly Removes Encryption Support from its Gadgets
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2016, 12:08:38 pm »
I hate to sound like a total pessimist, but it could also be that Amazon is doing this in response to pressure from the NSA and that the "restored" encryption that is coming will have a "backdoor" that permits NSA snooping ...

There is something very odd about all of this.  It does make you wonder what Amazon is really doing behind the scenes. :-\
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Re: Amazon Quietly Removes Encryption Support from its Gadgets
« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2016, 01:20:33 pm »
A new sort of strong encryption... 16-bits...  :P
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Re: Amazon Quietly Removes Encryption Support from its Gadgets
« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2016, 01:52:16 pm »
 That's it!  ;D
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Re: Amazon Quietly Removes Encryption Support from its Gadgets
« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2016, 03:14:08 pm »
Not much point restoring it if the NSA/GCHQ/anyone else already has your stuff, or has installed something without your knowledge.

But yeah, something tells me once they've forced everyone to either loose their data or strong decrypt it, the next lot of encryption will be weak.
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