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Ebooks and privacy: a new guide

The holiday season is upon us once more. It is a time of year for reflection, family, and deals on ereaders and tablets! If you find yourself in the market for one of these devices, it is important to understand how much personal information they gather, and how the device manufacturers use it.

On the library's Downloadables Support page, we have offered a link to an ereader privacy guide from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. So, I am pleased to announce that -- hot off the presses -- the Electronic Frontier Foundation has released a new ereader privacy chart. There is also a brief summary with a link to the guide that discusses the questions that the guide endeavors to answer.

I was pleased to see that unlike the earlier versions of the guide, this chart includes data on Overdrive -- our main ebook vendor -- and Adobe Content Server, the digital rights management technology used in the provision of ebooks.

The guide, while extensive, missed a couple of items with regards to Overdrive, as pointed out by Gary Price of InfoDOCKET:

  • When Kindle owners check out ebooks from Overdrive, Amazon receives transaction information.
  • Overdrive has added Google Analytics, but it is unclear what data it will be gathering. The company states that it does not share personally identifiable information, however.






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