Adobe "Spying" on Users Via Digital Editions Tools

By Gary Cutlack on at

Analysis of Adobe's server communications suggest it's "spying" on users, with the DE4 app caught relaying suspiciously large chunks of data about the habits of its readers back to its database.

Researchers intercepting the app's communications believe Adobe's Digital Editions 4 epub tool is not just sending back data about books read inside DE4, but is also scanning the computers of users to see what other ebook metadata it can find, then pinging all this back -- in plain text -- to Adobe's servers. If true, it's quite an astonishing error of judgement on Adobe's part. [The Digital Reader]