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Amazon's Silk Browser

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From Amazon’s FAQ:

What about handling secure (https) connections?

We will establish a secure connection from the cloud to the site owner on your behalf for page requests of sites using SSL (e.g. https://siteaddress.com). 

Amazon Silk will facilitate a direct connection between your device and that site.  Any security provided by these particular sites to their users would still exist

This sounds a bit ambiguous. Are they or are they not acting as middle men? They might not be as it looks like they’re not using HTTP.

If this is true, I think there’s going to be a huge backlash against this. People simply won’t tolerate them being able to see your private traffic. What happens when a law enforcement agency asks for access? My money is on them changing this before they ship.