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Seriously, Amazon? Fire tablets drop encryption, are less secure

Security experts say Amazon's Fire OS 5 is a step backward in protecting consumers. The outrage blows up as tech leaders throw support behind Apple in its iPhone encryption fight with the government.

Amazon is not looking smart when it comes to security.

Security researchers are speaking out against Amazon's Fire OS 5 update, which removes device encryption and leaves information stored on devices more vulnerable. Watch CNET Update for an explanation of the changes, and why Fire tablets may now be more attractive to thieves. Incredibly, this news comes right as tech leaders are speaking out about the importance of encryption in light of Apple's battle with the FBI:

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Seriously, Amazon? Fire tablets drop encryption, are less secure