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Thread: Ubuntu Spyware?

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    Re: Ubuntu Spyware

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    Re: Ubuntu Spyware

    Seems like flame-bait.

    Stallman has a point, but I think he is overstating the case. Canonical is trying something, the community will respond, and we'll see where it goes. The feature he is talking about is still half-baked.

    I think in a year's time, they'll have this worked out and it will be a non-issue.

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    Re: Ubuntu Spyware

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    Stallman's solution? Just say no.
    According to Stallman, the mere fact that Canonical chose to include malicious code in Ubuntu is damaging to the entire free software community, because users have come to expect that community oversight means free software won't contain malware. Ordinarily, he observes, users will dump software as soon as they spot something nasty in its source code.

    "Perhaps Canonical figures that the name 'Ubuntu' has so much momentum and influence that it can avoid the usual consequences and get away with surveillance,"

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    Re: Ubuntu Spyware

    In before thread is locked.

    Technically, the shopping lens is, by definition, spyware. It sends your search queries via the Internet to a third party.

    Whether it's web cookies tracking our behavior or a discount card at the local grocery store, we make choices about how much value we gain by giving up a bit of our privacy. It's extremely unlikely that Canonical is using the info it receives from searches for nefarious purposes (it's likely that it doesn't retain any data at all).

    I'm not a fan of product results in my searches; I see little value in it. I understand Canonical's desire to monetize Ubuntu (and a financially health Canonical benefits every user), but I'd still like to see the shopping lens be opt-in rather than opt-out.

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    Re: Ubuntu Spyware

    Thread closed. There are plenty of threads about the Amazon shopping lens and how to disable it around.

    It is not "malicious code" either.
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    Richard Stallman's thoughts on Amazon search feature

    Good to see the old warrior is still fighting the good fight:

    Ubuntu Spyware: What to Do?
    http://www.fsf.org/blogs/rms/ubuntu-spyware-what-to-do

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    Re: Richard Stallman's thoughts on Amazon search feature

    Well written.

    Is this only appearing in Ubuntu or in the whole Buntu family? I left Ubuntu years ago for X/Lubuntu so losing track of this one...
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    Re: Richard Stallman's thoughts on Amazon search feature

    It's not "spyware" if you:

    1. Tell everybody it's there and what it does.
    2. Allow them to disable or remove it easily.


    Complete non issue IMO. Stallman is, as usual, tilting at windmills.

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    Re: Richard Stallman's thoughts on Amazon search feature

    Quote Originally Posted by mörgæs View Post
    Well written.

    Is this only appearing in Ubuntu or in the whole Buntu family? I left Ubuntu years ago for X/Lubuntu so losing track of this one...
    Ubuntu only.

    Moved.

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