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Amazon removes encryption from its Fire devices and then decides to bring it back

Amazon Fire TV Stick streaming media player with dual-core processor
Amazon Fire TV Stick
Only one day after removing full disk encryption from Fire OS 5, Amazon reconsidered this decision and revealed they are bringing the feature back in an update "coming this spring."
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Only a few days ago, Amazon quietly removed full drive encryption support from its line of Fire devices, including the Fire TV Stick streaming media player. Once the news made it online, negative user feedback was so strong that the company promptly decided to bring this feature back. However, it may take a while for the feature to become available once again.

First, the company said the main reason for removing the encryption capabilities of its devices was that customers simply were not using it. One day later, they told Engadget that encryption is coming back - "We will return the option for full disk encryption with a Fire OS update coming this spring." TechCrunch got the same message via email, so we should just wait for the update now.

Those who really care about the privacy of their personal data could just skip the incriminated update and wait for the next one that does not remove encryption. Unfortunately, there seems to be no official information about the version of this update that removed encryption. We will get back to this topic as soon as we find out more, most likely once Amazon releases the update fixing this problem it created itself.

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Codrut Nistor - Senior Tech Writer - 5436 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2016-03- 6 (Update: 2016-03- 6)