It's unbelievable - EFF creates guide to e-reader privacy

23 December 2009

Actually, all that stuff we said in the previous post about welcoming a digital future? Forget it. All it does is push us further into an Orwellian dystopia of vulnerability. We're slowly handing over our personal privacy to faceless corporations that can monitor our every habit and behaviour. And so is the way with e-books and the devices we read them on. Far from enhancing the experience, these devices provide publishers and retailers with new powers of authority - whether it's rescinding books without permission or tracking purchases and reading habits.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has put together a first draft of a buyer's guide to e-book privacy, by examining the privacy policies for the major e-readers on the market to determine what information they reserve the right to collect and share. The guide will be expanded as new models become available, but for now you'll find the first draft here with further detail on their website:

Bitterwallet - guide to ebook privacy

TOPICS:   Technology

5 comments

  • Brian
    Hi, Brian here. Um, what is this all about?
  • Party P.
    Hi Brian, PP here. Um, it's a news story; you read it, process the information and so on. Are you having idfficulty with that for some reason?
  • JJ
    "Hi Brian, PP here. Um, it’s a news story; you read it, process the information and so on. Are you having idfficulty with that for some reason?" PP, Which news organization does the author (PAUL SMITH) work for? Also, do you have a link to the alleged "previous article" that was mentioned by the original poster? john doe from cincinatti JJ
  • Tick T.
    You have to work for a news organisation to post a news story on a blog now? Quick, we better tell all the bloggers so that they can write a news story on it. Oh, wait...
  • Mark C.
    It snowed here.

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