Privacy guide for Kindle, other E-Book readers

The EFF put together a guide to the privacy policies and practices of Google Books, Amazon's Kindle, and other readers

If you're concerned about the privacy implications of reading digital books, take a look at a nice guide put up yesterday by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The EFF's guide includes a chart with answers to questions such as "Can they monitor what you're reading?" for Google Books, Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook, Sony Reader and FBReader. Info on Google Books is based on the proposed Google Books privacy policy, and the guide notes that the B&N Nook has yet to ship and doesn't yet have a product-specific privacy policy.

Some of the things noted in the chart, such as "Can they keep track of book purchases?" may not be necessarily bad. For example, Amazon uses your purchase history to offer book recommendations, which can be a nice feature. Still, it would certainly be good to have more information from Google and Amazon in particular regarding the information collected by the companies.

Tags amazon kindlekindleebookGoogle booksprivacy

Recommended

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Erik Larkin

PC World (US online)

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?