[Athen] Fwd: Adobe tracks your e-book reading habits--and sends logs in plain text

Bossley, Peter A. (Pete) bossley.5 at osu.edu
Wed Oct 8 10:13:12 PDT 2014

Whatever your position on Adobe gathering this information, (personally I find this practice to be pretty terrible) it is unarguably incredibly bad that they transmit the data unencrypted.
How any company thinks that is acceptable in any way in this day and age is frankly beyond me.

[The Ohio State University]
Peter Bossley
OCIO Accessibility Analyst
Office of the Chief Information Officer Enterprise Applications
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From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Dan Comden
Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2014 2:20 PM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: [Athen] Fwd: Adobe tracks your e-book reading habits--and sends logs in plain text

For those of you using Digital Editions, either personally or providing to your students, you may want to know about the giant privacy hole inherent in using this Adobe product. Thanks to Lauren Weinstein for the forward.

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Adobe tracks your e-book reading habits--and sends logs in plain text

(Ars): http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/10/adobes-e-book-reader-sends-your-reading-logs-back-to-adobe-in-plain-text/

"Adobe's Digital Editions e-book and PDF reader--an application used by
thousands of libraries to give patrons access to electronic lending
libraries--actively logs and reports every document readers add to
their local "library" along with what users do with those files. Even
worse, the logs are transmitted over the Internet in the clear,
allowing anyone who can monitor network traffic (such as the National
Security Agency, Internet service providers and cable companies, or
others sharing a public Wi-Fi network) to follow along over readers'
shoulders. Ars has independently verified the logging of e-reader
activity with the use of a packet capture tool. The exposure of data
was first discovered by Nate Hoffelder of The Digital Reader, who
reported the issue to Adobe but received no reply. Ars has also
reached out to Adobe for comment with no response."

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Lauren Weinstein (lauren at vortex.com<mailto:lauren at vortex.com>): http://www.vortex.com/lauren

-*- Dan Comden danc at uw.edu<mailto:danc at washington.edu>
Access Technology Center www.uw.edu/itconnect/accessibility/atl/<http://www.uw.edu/itconnect/accessibility/atl/>
University of Washington UW Information Technology

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