May 17, 2022

Lawmaker Dissatisfied with Amazon's Answers on Kindle Fire's Data Harvesting

UPDATE: Some New Kindle Fire News:
Kindle Fire Auto-Update Scorches Roots and Potentially Shutters Android Marketplace (via Gizmodo)
Info and tools to re-root your device.

From Computerworld (IDG News Service):

 Amazon told a Massachusetts congressman that the Silk browser in its Kindle Fire tablet doesn’t pose a privacy threat to consumers, but the lawmaker wasn’t ready to give the online retailer a pass.

Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), the co-chairman of a congressional caucus on consumer privacy, on Tuesday released the retailer’s responses to questions he had put to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in October about Silk and the data it collected.

Markey wasn’t happy with Amazon’s answers.

“Amazon’s responses to my inquiries do not provide enough detail about how the company intends to use customer information, beyond acknowledging that the company uses this valuable information,” said Markey in a statement.

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