E-readers are virtual gold mines for data-hungry corporations. So should we be worried?As recent weeks of revelations have shown, there’s a pretty wide gap between our expectations of privacy, and the privacies that an increasingly digitised world actually affords us. Whatever your feelings about your own privacy, the complexity and opacity of technology means it’s often hard to know exactly what information you might be sharing at any given time. And while browsing in a local library, buying a book – with cash – on the high street, and reading at home or on the bus are pretty anonymous activities, as soon as ebooks are involved they’re not.At the end of 2012 the Electronic Frontier Foundation published the latest edition of its E-Reader Privacy Chart, and the results aren’t great. Almost every service tracks searches for books, meaning not just what you read, but what you’re interested in, is stored. Every book you purchase is linked to your account: trying to change your history is frustrating and in most cases impossible. Because books are tied to a user’s account, removing them from one’s library on most services means you won’t be able to read them any more – and the …read more

Via: The Guardian | Books