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 UltraZelda64 on Fri 4th Jan 2013 08:27 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment"
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Go ahead and do a local search for a file on your hard drive containing... oh, I dunno... your social security number or some other personal and confidential information while you're at it. Hey, what can it hurt? It's not like highly personal information can ever be tracked directly back to you, and after all--you're helping Canonical to get richer and greedier. Eventually they'll start doing more of this stuff, but hey, it's all good. It's all for a good cause.

Edited 2013-01-04 08:28 UTC

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