ATG Hot Topics  10/23/14

Erin Gallagherby Erin Gallagher

It’s getting to be that spooky time of year again!

Trick or treating, scary costumes, harvest moons, and…terrifying data breaches?  We’ll get to that last one in a moment, but I hope everyone is geared up for some autumn fun, whether in the pumpkin patch or in your library.  I’m pleased that Halloween falls on a weekday so that I can showcase my absurd costume on our campus.  I’d love to hear what other librarians may dress as for Halloween.

Many of us have most likely been following the Adobe security breach story with interest over the past few weeks.  If you use Adobe’s e-reader software, Digital Editions, your reading log may have been sent back over the Interwebs in plain text.  And we all know how secure information on the Internet can be!  Apparently, Adobe is claiming that this information gathering was well within their license agreement and that if any of us had actually read the privacy policy instead of just clicking the box to accept the terms, we would have been aware.  I know I’ve been guilty of clicking through user agreements (iTunes, anyone?), but this is a bit of a wake-up call.  This has also started quite a buzz among the library community regarding what constitutes “reasonable user data”.  ALA released a statement condemning Adobe’s practices and calling for encryption of user data, which also seems reasonable.  We are supposed to see some sort of “action” this week from Adobe, so stay tuned.

Is anyone else getting excited about the upcoming Charleston conference?  This will be my fifth consecutive year in attendance, and it’s always such a marvelous time.  Who wouldn’t want to network and rub elbows with some of the brightest minds in acquisitions and publishing in one of the most beautiful and endearing cities in the South?  I’ll be out and about and hoping to meet some new faces, so if you see me feel free to say hello!

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