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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benali72
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2008-05-03

We need firewalls for Linux that make it easy to prevent programs from sending data out of the customer's client. Right now most of the firewalls like UFW do not let you do this. If you could easily configure this by application (as ZoneAlarm lets you in Windows) then you wouldn't have to worry about this. Just prevent the sending of data through your firewall.

All the people posting about an unfair jab at Microsoft should actually read the article cited in the initial post -- <a href="http://redmondmag.com/articles/2010/07/01/what-does-microsoft-know-....

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