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Amazon Kindle tablet routes web traffic to cloud first

posted onOctober 4, 2011
by l33tdawg

Amazon's Silk browser, used on the newly announced the Kindle Fire tablet, has raised privacy concerns because it directs all traffic through its EC2 cloud service.

The feature points traffic through Amazon's web servers to speed up connections and page rendering. But some have questioned whether this capability is too invasive. Amazon said in an FAQ that it would not collect personal user information but will temporarily store Kindle IP and MAC addresses, and an aggregate of websites that users visited for up to 30 days.

"Amazon's Silk optimizes and accelerates the delivery of web content by using Amazon's cloud computing services," the company said. "To do this, the content of web pages you visit using Amazon's Silk may be cached to improve performance, and certain web address information will be collected to help troubleshoot and diagnose Amazon Silk technical issues."



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