Wednesday, 8 October 2014
UPDATE 10/24/14: Adobe has tweaked their application such that now, they encrypt the data being sent back to them, so they are still spying on you, but now your data are "safe" since only Adobe will have them. Good grief.
If you use Adobe Digital Editions to read your eBooks, you may want to reconsider. It turns out the application sends all manor of information back to Adobe about what you're reading, when you're reading it and what other eBooks you have on your device. Based on where it's going, (adelogs.adobe.com) it seems as if Adobe plans to use the information to either advertise to you or sell the information so someone else can do so. However, regardless of their purpose, this seems a blatent disregard for your personal privacy. Internet privacy is difficult enough when you give permission for your data to be made public, but for a company to surripticiously access your information and send it back so they can use it is unethical in the extreme.
If you are interested, the data includes user ID, device ID, certified app ID, duration for which the book was read, percentage of the book read, date of purchase, distributor ID, title, author, publisher, list price, IBSN number and the meta data for all the other books on your device regardless of whether they were ever read using the application.
Posted on 10/08/2014 9:50 AM by Customer Service
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