The Kindle Fire Silk Browser has raised the eyebrows of the US Congress. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the browser in the upcoming Kindle Fire tablet, your web surfing goes through Amazon’s servers in order for them to compress images and accelerate your browsing experience. In addition to speeding up how quickly pages are rendered to your tablet, they are collecting information about your interests in order to improve how they market products and services to you. Since there is lots of private information that Amazon will be collecting, Congress is concerned what the company will do with the data; specifically they’ve asked the retailer to answer the following questions:
- What information does Amazon plan to collect about users of the Kindle Fire?
- How does Amazon intend to use this information?
- Does Amazon plan to sell, rent or otherwise make available this customer information to outside companies? If yes, to which firms?
- 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