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New Browser Raises Privacy Concerns

ONLINE PRIVACY

September 30, 2011

Computerworld reports on Amazon's new Silk browser and the concerns raised by privacy advocates. The browser will connect to a cloud service owned by the company, thereby speeding up browsing capabilities, and, according to the company, a secure connection will be established "from the cloud to the site owner on your behalf for page requests of sites using SSL." A representative from the Center for Democracy & Technology said, "This makes Amazon your ISP...I don't think it's at all clear that Amazon can step into that," but he added it was a "great move" for the company to offer an opt-out to customers. The Electronic Frontier Foundation commented that "there are some worrisome privacy issues" in general around use of browsing history.
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