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 ===== Mendeley Database Encryption ===== ===== Mendeley Database Encryption =====
  
-Mendeley 1.19 and later have begun encrypting the local database, making it unreadable by Zotero and other standard database tools. Elsevier made this change a few months after Zotero publicly announced work on an importer, despite having long touted the openness of its database format as a guarantee against lock-in and [[https://​service.elsevier.com/​app/​answers/​detail/​a_id/​22098/​kw/​database/​supporthub/​mendeley/​|erroneously continuing to state]] ​in its documentation that the database ​can be accessed using standard tools. At the same time, Mendeley continues to import data from Zotero’s own open database, as it has since 2009.+Mendeley 1.19 and later have begun encrypting the local database, making it unreadable by Zotero and other standard database tools. Elsevier made this change a few months after Zotero publicly announced work on an importer, despite having long touted the openness of its database format as a guarantee against lock-in and explaining ​in its documentation that the database ​could be accessed using standard tools. At the same time, Mendeley continues to import data from Zotero’s own open database, as it has since 2009.
  
 The [[https://​www.mendeley.com/​release-notes/​v1_19|Mendeley 1.19 release notes]] claimed that the encryption was for “improved security” on shared machines, yet applications rarely encrypt their local data files, as file protections are generally handled by the operating system with account permissions and full-disk encryption, and anyone using the same operating system account or an admin account can already install a keylogger to capture passwords. Elsevier later [[https://​twitter.com/​mendeley_com/​status/​1006915998841221120|stated]] that the change was required by new European privacy regulations — a bizarre claim, given that those regulations are designed to give people control over their data and guarantee data portability,​ not the opposite — and continued to assert, falsely, that full local export was still possible, while [[https://​twitter.com/​mendeley_com/​status/​1006919608471818240|repeatedly]] [[https://​twitter.com/​MendeleySupport/​status/​1006920802120470528|dismissing]] reports of the change as "#​fakenews"​. The [[https://​www.mendeley.com/​release-notes/​v1_19|Mendeley 1.19 release notes]] claimed that the encryption was for “improved security” on shared machines, yet applications rarely encrypt their local data files, as file protections are generally handled by the operating system with account permissions and full-disk encryption, and anyone using the same operating system account or an admin account can already install a keylogger to capture passwords. Elsevier later [[https://​twitter.com/​mendeley_com/​status/​1006915998841221120|stated]] that the change was required by new European privacy regulations — a bizarre claim, given that those regulations are designed to give people control over their data and guarantee data portability,​ not the opposite — and continued to assert, falsely, that full local export was still possible, while [[https://​twitter.com/​mendeley_com/​status/​1006919608471818240|repeatedly]] [[https://​twitter.com/​MendeleySupport/​status/​1006920802120470528|dismissing]] reports of the change as "#​fakenews"​.
kb/mendeley_import.txt · Last modified: 2020/02/29 18:49 by dstillman