There has been a lot of news this past week regarding the manner in which Adobe Digital Editions was found to be openly transmitting reading records in plain text (re: sans encryption).
Many legitimate concerns exist regarding the privacy and intellectual freedom of the patrons for any library that is or has operated an ebook service reliant upon Adobe’s technology (and, in all fairness to Adobe, upon any DRM technology).
Here’s a roundup of this week’s news, rounded out with some related resources.
- Adobe is Spying on their Users, Collecting Data on Their eBook Libraries (the original story from Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader)
- Addressing Data Privacy Issues Around Adobe Digital Editions (Seattle Public Library’s response to Nate’s story)
- Adobe’s Latest Ebook Software is Collecting Unencrypted Data on Users’ Reading Habits (Laura Hazard Owen digs deeper at GigaOM)
- Adobe’s E-Book Reader Sends YOur Reading Logs Back to Adobe – In Plain Text (by ArsTechnica’s Sean Gallagher)
- Digital Locks Can Cost You Your Privacy (Sherwin Siy, of Public Knowledge, discusses legal ramifications and the privacy concerns inherent in using any DRM)
- Correcting Misinformation on the Adobe Privacy Gusher (from the Go to Hellman blog)
- OverDrive’s Statement Regarding Adobe Digital Editions (note that they discuss their app’s current handling of DRM, which no longer relies on ADE)
- Libraries Balk at OverDrive Changes (Publisher’s Weekly Article on librarians’ concerns regarding readers’ privacy with OverDrive’s new method of handling DRM)
- OverDrive Responds to Kindle Privacy Concerns (the other kerfuffle)
Updated 10/10/14 at 12:59 to include a link to the Hellman article.