Amazon Removes Encryption on Fire Tablets

Amazon Fire Tablets (NASDAQ: AMZN) removed the local data encryption on its Fire Tablets that were introduced in September because its customers were not using the feature, according to the company’s spokesperson. Technology observers noted the removal of the encryption as the company released updates to the older versions of the Fire operating system this week. The company’s move also attracted attention because it came amid the ongoing legal battle between Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and the U.S. government regarding the iPhone encryption. Amazon still maintains high standards of encryption Robin Handaly, the spokesperson…

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Microsoft Receives 14 Data Requests on Suspects in Paris Terrorist Attacks

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) received 14 “lawful” requests for data on the suspects in the terrorist attacks that killed at least 130 people in Paris in November, and responded within 30 minutes on average, according to the Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer of the company. During the RSA cybersecurity-industry conference in San Francisco, Smith cited the situation as an example of Microsoft’s ability to respond quickly to provide information on cases related to terrorism if a request complies with proper legal procedure. Smith used the situation to emphasize…

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Apple Likely to Use First Amendment to Fight Court Order over Encryption

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is expected to use the First Amendment’s protection  of free speech to prevent the court order requiring it to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) unlock the iPhone 5C owned by one of the shooters in a terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California. Judge Sheri Pym of the U.S. District Court of Los Angeles ordered the iPhone maker to provide “reasonable technical assistance” to the FBI in its investigation in the San Bernardino case. Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company is opposing the court order…

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