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I am about to purchase a few Kindles and the new iPads. I saw a policy for iPads on a university library's web site about a reference to a default setting on their loaned iPads once returned from circulation; hence, their policy states that any information downloaded by users on an iPad will be "lost" once the device is checked back in--- & the library is not responsible for lost data or personal information downloaded by the user. Apparently, one can establish a "default setting" with the apps. only the library puts on it ;when the device is returned, library staff reset it (probably using a password) back to the default. I am currently working on a similar type of Kindle/iPad policy for our middle/high school and would like someone to review it. Obviously, secondary schools are NOT universities, so it can't be too wordy for parents to read through.
Interesting. When an ipad comes back you could just re-synch it back to its original settings and any new content would go away (and deleted apps would come back). And Apple asks for a password before buying an app so you could keep kids out of your account that way. What I'm specifically worried about with the Kindle apps is that there is no password to purchase from the Kindle Store. Amazon has it set up to be "one click" purchasing and there's no way to turn that off or require a password. I wouldn't care if they added public domain books but I wouldn't want them spending down my credit card. If I were circulating iPads I would definitely want to inform people that their own data will be removed once the iPad is returned. I'm hoping to get some iPads but I will not be circulating them to students. We'll be using them in the library and teachers will be able to take the set.