AMAZON'S new Kindle Fire tablet takes web-snooping to a whole new level, according to a British online security expert.
The well-received Kindle Fire uses a bespoke web browser called Amazon Silk which it is claimed runs '20 times' faster thanks to Amazon's cloud computing servers.
But Chester Wisniewski, who works for British security company Sophos, blogged: “If you think Google AdWords and Facebook are watching you, this service is guaranteed to have a record of EVERYTHING you do on the web.
“All web connections from your tablet will connect directly to Amazon, rather than the destination web page.
“All of your web surfing habits will transit Amazon's cloud.”
The terms and conditions of Amazon's Silk browser make it clear that the company is entitled to retain your tablet's unique ID, plus the URLs of pages you have visited, for up to 30 days.
Amazon advises that the split-browser function can be turned off - although the company warns that this will slow performance.