Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) Sends Letter to Amazon.com Re: Privacy and Kindle Fire
“Markey to Amazon: Don’t Hold a Kindle Fire Sale on Privacy”
Concerned that the pairing of the new Kindle Fire tablet with its must-use Silk browser means Amazon could track each Web click of Kindle Fire users Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to Amazon’s CEO asking for responses to questions about tablets users’ privacy and security.
A recent New York Times story reported that Amazon could collect and utilize information about its users’ Kindle Fire Internet surfing and buying habits through the combination of its new tablet and browser, including which items users buy and how much they pay on sites across the Internet.
In the letter, Rep. Markey asked Amazon to respond to questions that include:
- What information does Amazon plan to collect about users of the Kindle Fire?
- Does Amazon plan to sell, rent or otherwise make available this customer information to outside companies?
- If Amazon plans to collect information about its users’ Internet browsing habits, will customers be able to affirmatively opt in to participate in the data sharing program?
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