Amazon Removes Encryption Support, Just As Its CTO Says 'Encryption Is Mandatory'
from the uh,-what? dept
So this is disappointing. While Amazon has come out in support of Apple’s fight against the DOJ on backdoors, and its CTO, Werner Vogels just gave an impassioned speech in favor of encryption, the company itself… has removed encryption from its Fire OS 5. This is getting a lot of attention today in response to this tweet from cybersecurity guy David Scovetta:
— David Scovetta (@davidscovetta) March 3, 2016
If you can’t see that, it is a screenshot noting that Amazon has ended encryption support for the Fire tablet:
Encryption Support on Fire Tablet
Encryption support will soon be deprecated on Fire HD (4th Generation) and Fire HDX 8.9 (4th Generation). Here’s what to do to ensure your data and other information are saved.
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.
This is ridiculous. So far, Amazon has not been willing to comment, but it’s hard to square this decision with what its CTO Vogels was saying just as Amazon made this move:
We have a very strong opinion on this. We believe that you cannot have a connected business, or an Internet-connected business and not make security and protection of your customers your number one priority.
Encryption plays a very, very important role in that. To be honest, it is one of the few really strong tools we have so customers know that only they have access to their data and nobody else.
In our cloud division we put encryption into all of our services where customers can manage their own keys. I think that encrypting your data … of your customers is mandatory. It is not only mandatory from a business point or in the cloud, but also on premise. You should be encrypting your data. Without backdoors you can be sure that you are the only one who has access to your data.
I and many others agree. Which raises serious questions why the company where Vogels is CTO seems to now be doing the exact opposite.