Audiobooks and Privacy

Here is another item from the SLAIS public libraries class blog. This time the post is from the instructor Faith Jones.

“My partner pointed this article out to me, which shows that downloading books from the Ottawa Public Library (and probably many other libraries) violates Canadian privacy laws. The software that allows you to download the books also sends your personal information to DoubleClick, which has persistently been cited by netwatchers as a problematic, especially now that it’s owned by Google

BC uses the same software as the Ottawa library for listening to audio books. PLSB (licenser of Overdrive for BC’s public libraries, the software that is used to play the audiobooks) is aware of this issue and is talking to the vendor.

Thanks to Faith Jones and Deb Thomas for this information

 

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