Amazon no longer supports certain kinds of encryption on its Fire devices, the company said. Their move comes as the debate continues around whether Apple should unlock an iPhone for an FBI investigation.
The change applies to Fire device users who've upgraded to the Fire OS 5 operating system, according to the company. Amazon told TechCrunch on Friday that encryption of data stored on the devices was an enterprise feature that customers weren't using.
"In the fall when we released Fire OS 5, we removed some enterprise features that we found customers weren't using," Amazon spokesperson Robin Handaly told CNBC in an email. "All Fire tablets' communication with Amazon's cloud meet our high standards for privacy and security including appropriate use of encryption."