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Adobe is Spying on Users, Collecting Data on Their eBook Libraries

http://the-digital-reader.com/2014/10/06/adobe-spying-users-collecting-data-ebook-libraries/

My source told me, and I can confirm, that Adobe is tracking users in the app and uploading the data to their servers.

And just to be clear, I have seen this happen, and I can also tell you that Benjamin Daniel Mussler, the security researcher who found the security hole on Amazon.com, has also tested this at my request and saw it with his own eyes.

Adobe Responds to Reports of Their Spying, Offers Half Truths and Misleading Statements

http://the-digital-reader.com/2014/10/07/adobe-responds-reports-spying-half-truths-misleading-statements/

They may be a day late and a dollar short, but Adobe has finally responded to yesterday’s news that they were using the Digital Editions 4 app to spy on users.

Adobe hasn’t addressed all of the evidence against them, but they did admit that they were gathering info from users. They won’t admit to scraping my library, but they did admit to tracking a user’s activities. Adobe claims that it was covered by the their privacy policy and by the TOS for the app:

Adobe Digital Editions allows users to view and manage eBooks and other digital publications across their preferred reading devices—whether they purchase or borrow them. All information collected from the user is collected solely for purposes such as license validation and to facilitate the implementation of different licensing models by publishers. Additionally, this information is solely collected for the eBook currently being read by the user and not for any other eBook in the user’s library or read/available in any other reader. User privacy is very important to Adobe, and all data collection in Adobe Digital Editions is in line with the end user license agreement and the Adobe Privacy Policy.

Adobe Responds to ALA on Spying Scandal With Fictitious and Misleading Statements

http://the-digital-reader.com/2014/10/14/adobe-responds-ala-spying-scandal-fictitious-misleading-statements/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#.VD2NtdSJjJd

The American Library Association reported yesterday that Adobe has responded to the ALA’s concerns about the recent revaluations of Adobe spying on users.

You can find the AlA’s press release here, but the short version is that Adobe is still claiming that sending a user’s reading logs in the clear met the standards of Adobe’s privacy policy. Adobe also continues to pretend that they weren’t also scanning user’s libraries and uploading that info as well.