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Ebook Access and Privacy Concerns with Adobe Digital Editions

It has recently come to our attention that Adobe Digital Editions, the software we use to allow access our ebooks, has been transmitting unencrypted reader data. The information Adobe is collecting includes the title, publisher, and other metadata for the book you have downloaded, and the information is being sent to Adobe’s server in plain text. We stand with our colleagues at other libraries in opposition of these practices, arguing that this is not only a violation of privacy but also a security concern since it allows for the potential interception of the data. The vulnerability is limited to the newly released Digital Editions 4, which is a requirement for downloading ebooks.

UPDATE: As of 10/24/2014 Adobe is still collecting information, but it is encrypting the data.

If you are concerned about your right to privacy, we recommend that you uninstall Adobe Digital Editions 4 from all of your devices and contact either your subject liaison ( or our electronic resource services unit ( for possible print options. You can also download an earlier edition of Adobe Digital Editions that does not transmit usage data (

The UConn Libraries values your right to privacy and have expressed our concerns to our ebook vendor, asking them to advocate on our behalf. We are also members of the American Library Association, which is working with Adobe to correct this issue. You can learn more about what ALA is doing at

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