Amazon has just released a statement saying that it will restore its device encryption support for Fire OS devices.
Amazon had actually made the decision to drop encryption a while back with the assertion that few users took advantage of its encryption, but if that decision had taken place, many users would have found their personal information potentially compromised with little to no warning. Fortunately, coming this spring, and following a temporary situation in which locally stored information on Fire OS devices will not be protected, Amazon will return the option for a full disk encryption.
You really can’t ignore the fact that this decision by Amazon to re-instate Fire OS encryption might be partly influenced by the recent events between Apple and the U.S. Government, in which the FBI wants Apple to make a backdoor to open the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. Amazon, the UN, and the former heads of the United States NSA and Homeland Security have all supported Apple’s refusal of the demand.