Fewer than 24 hours after Amazon chief Jeff Bezos publicly rolled out the hyped-up upcoming Kindle Fire color tablet, privacy activists are already hopping on the case They’re looking at the way its built-in optimized for Fire Silk Mobile Browser captures and distributes what they consider to be private data. Expect an Electronic Frontier Foundation comment soon.
It sounds as if Amazon will install a trusted certificate in the Silk browser allowing them to provide a man-in-the-middle (MITM) SSL proxy to accelerate your SSL browsing, as well. As Amazon is a US-based company, this would enable a US court order to intercept and record your secure communications. While most of us roll our eyes when confronted with long privacy policies and pages of legalese, privacy risks lurk around every corner. If you buy a (Amazon Kindle) Fire, think carefully as to whether your privacy is worth trading for a few milliseconds faster web surfing experience.
So I want to know. Are you worried? Or am I the last one standing who cares a flying whit about privacy?