tablets come with spyware / was: [WEB4LIB] Low-Cost Prototype OPAC System

Cary Gordon listuser at CHILLCO.COM
Wed Dec 19 11:29:26 EST 2012

Not a problem. jailbreak it, if necessary, and run whatever you want.


On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 5:04 AM, Christian Pietsch
<chr.pietsch+web4lib at> wrote:
> Hi Cary,
> interesting point! Unfortunately, using an Android or iOS tablet as a public
> terminal is probably illegal in many countries, including all EU countries --
> for valid reasons. The problem is that Google/Apple as well as many app
> creators collect personal information from users.
> In return for getting tablets at a subsidized price (the regular price),
> libraries offering such tablets to their users would automatically hand over
> detailed information about their users without their consent. Installing
> spyware-free operating systems and software may be a way out. Firefox OS
> (formerly Boot2Gecko) comes to mind. Are there other alternatives that run on
> current tablets?
> Don't get me started on e-book readers. Libraries lending them to patrons may
> already aid and abet data crime/spying:
> Cheers,
> Christian
> On Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 03:52:34PM -0800, Cary Gordon wrote:
>> That said, I think that taking this approach to building a kiosk,
>> while it might be fun, is not all that efficient. My first choice
>> would be an android tablet. You can buy a name brand 10" android
>> tablet for about $200 and an off-brand for about $150 (thinking
>> WalMart).
>> I can't imagine putting together a package like that using an SBC for
>> that price. Just the monitor would be more than that.
> --
>   Christian Pietsch <>
>   LibTec (Library Technology and Knowledge Management),
>   Bielefeld University Library, Bielefeld, Germany
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