arma: Did you, or could you, review the above RSS discussion yesterday with mike and seb?
I would be interested in your thoughts regarding the safe use of RSS.
From the limited remarks, one might get the idea that any use is simply Not A Wise Idea, like browser plugins such as flash.
But I'm hoping the situation is not nearly that bad.
To limit the scope, suppose you aren't authenticating to sites or accessing anything that directly reveals personal information, and that you're using an open-source app such as Newsbeuter or the FF NewsFox extension and that all traffic is torified.
Then the question becomes, does using a RSS reader introduce any further significant anonymity risks than regular web browsing (unfortunately lacking end-to-end crypto)?
If doing a mass update of feeds introduces a significant timing/correlation risk, then suppose updates are done irregularly and sporadically. With that additional limitation, would there be any significant difference from plain browsing?