EFF in the News
Representatives from the non-profit Electronic Frontier Foundation have talked with Amazon officials about the speedy, new cloud-based browser, focusing on what user information will be transmitted via the cloud and shared by the company.
Inspired to learn more about the people behind the advocacy, we turned to EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn for her thoughts on technology, civil rights, and the role the foundation plays.
In a dialog with digital rights watchdog the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Amazon tried to alleviate some of the fears associated with Silk's split-browser architecture. For one it clarified that HTTPS requests do not use cloud acceleration and are routed directly to users.
The Supreme Court has recently denied a hearing on the issue, so Americans will have to wait for a clear answer on the issue. Meanwhile, there is the EFF's Cell Phone Guide for Occupy Wall Street (and Everyone Else).
"We're happy with a lot of things that we were initially nervous about," said Dan Auerbach, a staff technologist with EFF, in an interview today. "But there are still some pretty serious remaining privacy concerns."
The event was co-sponsored by a variety of both conservative and liberal groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, Americans for Tax Reform, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Center for Democracy and Technology, Constitution Project, and Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Amazon's new Silk browser, which uses the power of the cloud for an optimized "split" browsing experience, has come under fire recently from privacy advocates, but the Electronic Frontier Foundation said yesterday that after talking with Amazon, they are "generally satisfied with the privacy design of Silk."
“We are generally satisfied with the privacy design of Silk, and happy that the end user has control over whether to use cloud acceleration,” said EFF technologist Dan Auerback in a statement.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has been investigating Silk, the web browser built into Amazon's new Android-derived Kindle Fire...But as Dan Auerbach reports, Amazon made some very good privacy choices in the design of Silk.