Posted by: David Harley | March 5, 2016

San Bernardino, precedence, and Amazon’s second thoughts

Kieren McCarthy, for The Register, takes a step back to look at the legal arguments in the FBI/Apple tussle, noting that some of the precedents pleaded go back even further than a New York case from 1928, the Constitution and the All Writs Act, all the way back to Edward I. Thought-provoking.

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Meanwhile, if Amazon hoped that its removal of encryption support from FireOS 5 would go unremarked, it will have suffered a disappointment. Perhaps a mild one at present, but the story may attract further attention. Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai for Motherboard:

Amazon Quietly Removes Encryption Support from its Gadgets

Not to mention further speculation as to why: apparently Amazon has not responded to requests for clarification.

[Added 6th March 2016] Apparently Amazon has had third thoughts and will be restoring the encryption facility. According to Chris Williams for the Register, the decision to remove it was taken before the San Bernardino issue (which makes sense – major OS changes aren’t made overnight) and due to the limited use made of the feature by its customers.

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David Harley



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