UPDATE: 10/13/14 at 4:40 PM EDT
In response to questions raised by our library partners about the Adobe Digital Editions privacy concerns, OverDrive CEO Steve Potash met with Adobe product management at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Adobe’s product manager reported that the company will soon release an update to Adobe Digital Editions 4 to address the concerns about clear text transmission of certain usage information. We will keep you informed as soon as the product update is available.
To clarify, this issue relates to titles downloaded using Adobe Digital Editions for Windows and Mac. Adobe’s product manager reports that the concerns raised do not relate to third-party apps, including the OverDrive App.
We are actively looking into the situation further and will continue update our partners as we learn more from Adobe.
On Tuesday morning, OverDrive became aware of the story regarding Adobe collecting user information via the use of their desktop reading software, Adobe Digital Editions. Adobe has since released a response, which can be read in full here, explaining both the purpose of this data collection and its usage.
We respect and uphold the privacy of users who engage with OverDrive’s services and library websites hosted by OverDrive. It is our understanding that the reported issue involves Adobe Digital Editions 4, which is not used as part of the OverDrive app.
We are actively monitoring the situation, and will continue to update our partners and users as more information becomes available.