Linked by Howard Fosdick on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 08:57 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Proprietary software like Windows often includes surveillance code to track user behavior and send this information to vendor servers. Linux has traditionally been immune to such privacy violation. Ubuntu 12.10 now includes code that, by default, collects data on Dash searches. The code integrates Amazon products into search results and can even integrate with Facebook, Twitter, BBC and others as per Ubuntu's Third Party Privacy Policies. This article at the EFF tells how it all works and how to opt out of information sharing, while Richard Stallman himself comments here.
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by Gone fishing on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 12:28 UTC
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For the first time since Warty I'm not running Ubuntu as my main OS because of this. I don't want my use, of my computer, being sent to Amazon or even Canonical. This is a shame as I prefer Unity to Cinnamon and it wouldn't take much for me to think the shopping lens was a good thing - remove it from the home lens by default. Make it customizable so I can decide, what on line searches I make from the Dash and make this easy to turn on and off from the Dash.

Now to be fair to Canonical it is easy to turn off the shopping lens or sudo apt-get remove unity-lens-shopping. Nevertheless I don't like this and I don't want to see Ubuntu Gatorised.

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