Data Security is a huge issue: who has your data, what are they doing with it, and how can you protect yourself? Fifteen years ago, Safe Harbour came into play: a way to protect transcontinental data transfers.
“The EU forbids personal data from being transferred to and processed in parts of the world that do not provide ‘adequate’ privacy protections. So, to make it easier for US firms – including the tech giants – to function, Safe Harbour was introduced to let them self-certify that they are carrying out the required steps.”
Today the EU took steps to send a message to Facebook and others who transfer data, your self-certification isn’t enough, and you will be required to use protective, preventive measures. More at BBC.com
As far as data goes, you know when you download an eBook, you are limited by the seller and the digital rights management, DRM. “By definition, DRM is any technology that sellers build into an electronic product or service to limit the range of the file’s uses after purchase. DRM is designed to prevent customers from using digital technology beyond what a bookseller or mobile device manufacturer intended.”
Which explains why you cannot share your books. But ideas are swirling, because many people dislike DRMs. One solution is to add an imprint, or according to GoodeReader, “distributors can add a digital watermark containing the customer’s name, email address and other information to identify the purchaser. This would embed personal and IP location information into the e-book at the time of purchase…”
Is this a better solution? Tagging your name and email to books as they stretch across our wifi divide? As a publisher, I want to hear from our readers: What say YOU?