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Adobe Web Buy collecting system info...

By bettina ·
Something very messed up just happened! Adobe offers free "e-books" if you download the laterst version of Acrobat Reader. I downloaded one of the books, and was requested to provide my computer ID and hard drive ID in order to read the poxy thing!

Here's a quote from their website " requires that the use of each electronic document be tied to a particular computer or storage device. Note: The types of identifiers that are required may vary among content providers."

I'm notsure I care whether Adobe has that information or not in this case, (should I?) but this looks very like the thin end of a wedge to me! I hope people will not be gullible enough to embrace the idea of providing this kind of information willy-nilly.

One possible future application for this would be for software - imagine! Software and even demo downloads that you can only use on one computer, ever! Imagine what would happen if you couldn't transfer your software from machine to machine when you bought another? Or imagine having to furnish proof that you uninstalled it from one, for example. (Yet more information changing hands.) And I can easily imagine how you could end up having problems with this process and being unable to make the switch immediately, causing loss of productivity, etc.
Although the problems I am talking about would probably not be an issue for larger companies, there are a lot of small companies out here for whom this could be a problem. Very disturbing.
Beyond all that, the bottom line is that I don't want software manufacturers or anyone else having ID type information on my machines. Do you all think this makes sense? Or do you believe that it's ok to give this information to companies?

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