May 27, 2022

Important: Update to Adobe Digital Editions 4 Spying Report

Those of you following the report that Adobe Digital Editions 4 “spying story” about about unencrypted data about reading behavior being sent to Adobe’s servers will want to read (ASAP) a new blog post by Founder Eric Hellman.

Hellman has been working with the author of the original report, The Digital Reader’s Nate Hoffelder and others to do more in-depth research about what is or is not going on.

The post includes this:

One thing that’s clear is that Adobe Digital Editions version 4 is not well designed. It’s also clear that our worst fears about ADE4 – that it is hunting down ALL the ebooks on a user’s computer on installation and reports them to Adobe – are not true. I’ve been participating with Nate and some techy people in the library and ebook world (including Galen, Liza, and Andromeda) to figure out what’s really going on. It’s looking more like an incompetently-designed, half-finished synchronization system than a spy tool.

The post also includes a list misconceptions about what is being reported.

Read Eric Hellman’s Blog Post: Correcting Misinformation on the Adobe Privacy Gusher (via Go to Hellman)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.