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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Alfman
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2011-01-28

Nelson,

The problem is that privacy encroaching behaviours should be opt in for consumers so that they make a conscious & informed decision on the matter. Unfortunately it's standard practice in most commercial industries to use opt out approaches instead, and I don't think there's any secret as to why.

Look at US banking. Banks collect personal information on an opt-out basis about their customers and resell it, fully knowing that it's going to be used by advertisers to send unsolicited mail. I called my bank to opt-out, which is when I learned that each single account under me had it's own opt-out flag. If I were in the position to change the law, I'd at least require the advertisers to disclose their source of the information so that the recipient knows exactly who ratted out their personal details.

Of course advertisers love having blanket access to personal data, but there needs to be a balance and my own opinion is that the balance should be an "opt-in" permission basis.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

I just don't think its that big of a deal IF they are clear that you can opt-out, and exactly how to do so.

However, for the sake of common ground, switching it to opt-in would likely appease a bunch of people.

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