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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Morgan
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2005-06-29

The cookies thing isn't actually Canonical's fault. It's due to a new internet privacy law in the EU. A lot of non-US sites I visit are now displaying some form of disclaimer to comply with the law. Details at this link:

http://www.netmagazine.com/features/beginners-guide-new-cookie-law

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