Version 4.0 of Adobe Digital Editions : Security and privacy implications


Griffith University is committed to protecting the privacy of staff and students. The University is concerned by the security and privacy implications of reports that Version 4.0 of Adobe Digital Editions (ADE 4.0) collects data about user reading habits and transmits this data to Adobe’s servers without encryption. 

Many staff and students download this software for reading e-books that are provided as part of the library’s collections. The library e-books that are affected are those from the ProQuest EBL and ebrary collections. 

Information Services is consulting a range of organisations about this issue, including the providers of our e-book packages, the Council of Australian University Librarians, and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. 

If you are concerned about using ADE 4.0 to access e-books, you can take one of the following steps: 

1.        Read e-books from the ProQuest EBL and ebrary collections online without downloading them, or 
2.        Uninstall Version 4 of Adobe Digital Editions and install an earlier version. You can download earlier versions from http://www.adobe.com/support/digitaleditions/downloads.html. 

Please note, this issue relates to Adobe Digital Editions only. It does NOT relate to the use of Adobe Reader.  

Linda O’Brien 
Pro Vice Chancellor, Information Services
University Librarian, Griffith University