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Markey Letter Questions Retailer About Browser

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

October 17, 2011

Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) has written to Amazon CEO Jeffrey Bezos with questions about how the company plans to use the data it collects from its new browser, which is partly housed on Amazon servers, reports The New York Times. Markey has asked what data Amazon plans to collect, whether it plans to sell or rent customer information to other companies and whether the tracking will be opt-in or opt-out, among other questions. "As the use of mobile devices, especially tablets, becomes ubiquitous, we must ensure that user privacy is protected and proper safeguards are in place so that consumers know if and when their personal information is being used and for what purpose," said Markey. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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