Privacy and Ebook Access through Adobe Digital Editions

It has recently come to our attention that the software used to download some of the library's ebooks, Adobe Digital Editions, has been logging data on the books used with this application, and any other ebooks that have already been downloaded on the same device (mobile device or computer). This information is being uploaded in plain text to Adobe servers, and is being sent without any encryption, meaning that book logging data is potentially open to interception. This privacy breach seems to be limited to Digital Editions 4, the most recent version of the software. As far as we know, Digital Editions 2 and 3 are unaffected.

The Claremont Colleges Library provides access to hundreds of thousands of ebooks; all can be read online, however, due to DRM (digital rights management) restrictions, some require Adobe Digital Editions in order to be downloaded for offline reading.

If you are concerned that your right to privacy has been violated, we recommend that you uninstall Adobe Digital Editions version 4 from all of your devices immediately. You can still read ebook content online, or use previous versions of the software for downloading DRM protected ebooks.

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