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Congress Concerned About Security In Kindle Fire’s Web Browser

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Representative Ed Markey of Massachusetts, the co-chair of the bi-partisan privacy caucus has sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The letter outlines the caucus’s concerns over the privacy of users who buy the recently announced Amazon Kindle Fire.

Amazon has taken pre-orders for hundreds of thousands of Kindle Fire tablets (e-readers) that use Android as the underlying operating system.

The Kindle Fire uses a new web browsing technology developed in part by Amazon called Silk. What Silk does is splits the browsers device side heavy loading between the device and the cloud, rendering web pages in the cloud before hitting the browser itself.

The big concern here is that customers full web browsing could be cached, saved and sold to Amazon’s highest bidding “partner”. 

Google users can opt in to both iGoogle on the desktop and Android to have your web history tracked. With Silk you can still opt out however doing so well greatly decrease your browsing speed. Also, using Silks cloud based rendering is the default setting. 

The way Google opt-in tracking works and the way Silk works are significantly different. Silk will see everything you see on the browser side before you even see it. Also like an Android device you will need to sign into your Amazon account to surf the web.

An Amazon spokesperson has told Digital Trends that the Silk data is only available in an anonymous bundled format.

Source: DT