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Amazon reverses course on encryption for its Fire tablets

You will be able to encrypt Amazon Fire tablets again after a new update this spring.

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It's been only one day since -- in the midst of a national debate over encrypted devices -- Amazon started pushing a new Fire OS 5 to its tablets that ditched support for device encryption. Just yesterday, the company said that was because customers weren't using the feature. Tonight, the company tells Engadget that it will bring the option back in another update that is due to arrive this spring. Given the attention Apple's battle with the FBI has brought to this security feature it seems logical that encryption remains at least available as an option, even on a device intended for casual usage.


We will return the option for full disk encryption with a Fire OS update coming this spring.