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What's at stake in Google's plan to digitize all the world's books

While privacy issues are not explicitly addressed in the current agreement, their rising importance is yet another element of the digital future of books – and one that Google or any competitor will have to address, says Rebecca Jeschke, spokesperson for the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco.

“We need to make sure the privacy we had in physical reading doesn’t get lost as we move into the digital era,” she says, noting that the ability to track behavior and habits “is extraordinarily detailed, from margin notes to chapters skipped and ideas shared.”

Whether it’s Google Books or an e-reader, she adds, “this is the next big horizon that will have to be negotiated.”

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Christian Science Monitor

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