Amazon's Net software subject of privacy complaint

Amazon.com's Alexa Internet software reportedly may violate privacy laws, according to a complaint filed with the FTC by computer security expert Richard M. Smith.

SEATTLE--Amazon.com's Alexa Internet software may violate privacy laws, according to a complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission by computer security expert Richard M. Smith, reports say.

Smith filed the complaint Tuesday, saying his examination of the consumer data-monitoring software showed it gathered more personal data than Seattle-based Amazon tells its customers it's collecting.

Alexa Internet founder Brewster Kahle, who developed the software, said that although some information was unavoidably collected from Internet users, the information isn't stored permanently or used to connect Web activity to a person by name, the New York Times reported.

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