Do you borrow e-books from the library? The new version of Adobe Digital Editions is not secure

Updated 10/16/14

Adobe is Spying on Users, Collecting Data on Their E-book Libraries.” This was the title of an article by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader on October 6, and though there have been updates since then, the privacy breach has not been resolved just yet.

Overdrive, our digital library platform, requires the use of the Adobe Digital Editions software, so library patrons’ data has been exposed. To clarify: The Overdrive app does not use ADE4. Patrons who have upgraded to ADE4 on their computers can go back to using an earlier version until the privacy issues with ADE4 are resolved. We as librarians take this very seriously; our Code of Ethics states, “We protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted.”

In this case, the software we relied on to keep patron data secure and private has failed. Our library director is working with the Minuteman Library Network and the Massachusetts Library Association to address this issue. In the meantime, those who have not yet upgraded to the new version of Adobe Digital Editions (ADE4) should continue using an older version of the software. Another alternative anyone can use is the Overdrive Read option, which allows you to read an e-book in your browser, whether or not you are connected to the Internet.

Here are a few more articles on this topic:

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One Response to Do you borrow e-books from the library? The new version of Adobe Digital Editions is not secure

  1. I’m really glad to hear that Minuteman is looking into this! (I’m a Minuteman cardholder.)

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