Your Life is an Open Book …

…When you purchase a Nook, Kindle or Google Books E-reader.

The E-readers are sleek, smooth and novel. We can download our favorite books and articles from magazines, journals and e-books and fit a bookstore in our pocket.

Don’t Look Now…

And that bookstore has us in their pocket too. Google Books logs all your search data with an IP address and will associate searches with your Google Account if logged in. Amazon also logs data about what you’ve viewed and searched for. The privacy policy for the Nook isn’t clear, according to the EFF, but Barnes & Noble logs data on searches made and pages viewed on its website. This information from touches the surface about the eyes that watch us.

Who Monitors What You’re Reading?

“Google logs the books and pages viewed, and while Amazon does too, EFF says that the “exact parameters of information logged in unclear.” It’s not known if the Nook monitors your reading after purchase. But Sony Reader, FBReader, Internet Archive, the iPad, and the Adobe Content Server do not.

Who Tracks What you Buy?

Again, Google and Amazon track the purchases you make on their sites. The privacy policy is unclear for both the Nook and the Sony Reader. The iPad will keep track of purchases made on the iBookstore and via other Apple apps, but otherwise no.”

Read more at I Know What You Read Last Summer – E-Readers and Privacy

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Kindle and Nook Pollution

6 thoughts on “Your Life is an Open Book …

  1. Jane Johns

    iPhone (and, the same apps work on Ipad….so no privacy guarantee there either) and Android Apps Breach Privacy

    Published December 18, 2010
    The Wall Street Journal
    Few devices know more personal details about people than the smartphones in their pockets: phone numbers, current location, often the owner’s real name—even a unique ID number that can never be changed or turned off.

    These phones don’t keep secrets. They are sharing this personal data widely and regularly, a Wall Street Journal investigation has found.

    An examination of 101 popular smartphone “apps”—games and other software applications for iPhone and Android phones—showed that 56 transmitted the phone’s unique device ID to other companies without users’ awareness or consent. Forty-seven apps transmitted the phone’s location in some way. Five sent age, gender and other personal details to outsiders.

    The findings reveal the intrusive effort by online-tracking companies to gather personal data about people in order to flesh out detailed dossiers on them.

    Among the apps tested, the iPhone apps transmitted more data than the apps on phones using Google Inc.’s Android operating system. Because of the test’s size, it’s not known if the pattern holds among the hundreds of thousands of apps available.

    Bones found on island might be Amelia Earhart’s Beam Me Up: ‘Teleportation’ Is Year’s Biggest Breakthrough Ten Dumbest Things Celebs Said in 2010 The 7 deadly credit card sins U.S. Arrests 4 in Widening Hedge Fund Probe Apps sharing the most information included TextPlus 4, a popular iPhone app for text messaging. It sent the phone’s unique ID number to eight ad companies and the phone’s zip code, along with the user’s age and gender, to two of them.

    Both the Android and iPhone versions of Pandora, a popular music app, sent age, gender, location and phone identifiers to various ad networks. iPhone and Android versions of a game called Paper Toss—players try to throw paper wads into a trash can—each sent the phone’s ID number to at least five ad companies. Grindr, an iPhone app for meeting gay men, sent gender, location and phone ID to three ad companies.


  2. Jane, this is all so interesting isn’t it? We would never voluntarily give this type of information away and yet, with the purchase of these items … it is sent to dozens of companies. Big Brother is just patiently waiting for all of us to join the wave and then they will start collecting more data. The teens of today will never know a world where they were NOT connected and they are perfect fodder for the ‘data collectors’.

    Keep sending good stuff! Marge


  3. It’s a strange new world indeed….
    I’ve been meaning to give you a couple of titles…you may have already read them but,
    Sarah’s Key
    Zoo Keeper’s Wife
    both holocaust stories one based on a true event and the other a work of non-fiction. I told myself I wouldn’t read anymore holocaust stories, it’s in my DNA and I don’t need to go there anymore…but…they are both such good stories and we do need to keep putting it out there lest we forget.

    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

    just started it but it has me in it’s grip already
    happy happy


  4. Eh, I’m not worried about that. It’s not like I’m looking up porn on my Kindle. Heck, I already get “suggestions” on Amazon just from previous books I bought, and even just based on my viewing history. So big deal.


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