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Ratzo 01. Jan 2013 01:19 AM

Ubuntu Spyware
This is an interesting article , Ubuntu Spyware: What to do? I wonder if it is also applicable to Linuxmint >

MidnightCowboy 01. Jan 2013 09:01 AM

I first saw this a while back and thoroughly agree with the content of the article.

"People will certainly make a modified version of Ubuntu without this surveillance. In fact, several GNU/Linux distros are modified versions of Ubuntu. When those update to the latest Ubuntu as a base, I expect they will remove this. Canonical surely expects that too".

I guess this is the direction we can see others taking.

garth 02. Jan 2013 05:09 PM

Ubuntu allows users to switch the surveillance off. Clearly Canonical thinks that many Ubuntu users will leave this setting in the default state (on). And many may do so, because it doesn't occur to them to try to do anything about it. Thus, the existence of that switch does not make the surveillance feature ok.

Dunno if i'm misunderstanding the article but is there some way to switch off this surveillance that doesn't involve tampering with code?

Ratzo 05. Jan 2013 12:24 AM

The feature can be disabled in under the Privacy settings. i think what is upsetting many is the fact it comes as an enable feature that many wouldnt know how to disable

Jojo Yee 05. Jan 2013 01:22 AM

We have a tip to cover that: Disable a Shopping Lens (For Ubuntu 12.10).

garth 05. Jan 2013 07:49 PM

Thanks, good to know it's easy to disable:)

Ratzo 06. Jan 2013 12:20 AM


Originally Posted by Jojoyee (Post 81501)
We have a tip to cover that: Disable a Shopping Lens (For Ubuntu 12.10).

thanks , easy when one knows how

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