There was recently quite a heated thread on the shopping lens - certainly I was quite heated, so I thought this might be quite interesting. http://www.jupiterbroadcasting.com/t...x-action-show/
The last Linux action show had an update on the Shopping lens, which I think is worth a look at.
The big news for me is you can turn it off, without un-installing, which seems to solve my issues.
Possibly more interesting were the presenters’ views, which were critically supportive. A view expressed was that this is a good idea, but needs to be more, granular more subtle. The web-linking needs to restrict itself so Canonical can make the shopping suggestions more relevant, users need to be able to make choices on how it runs so searches are more relevant to them.
I'm interested to see where this goes, if I can be confident that security issues are addressed (for me this would have to include being able to control under what conditions information is sent out over the web such as web searches being restricted to various lenses). The shopping suggestions are tuneable by the user so that they are relevant and restricted (I don't need adverts for adult content when I searching for a command-line utility), this probably is a good idea. Presumably some of this will have to happen as Canonical gets more partners. Possibly with a more careful implementation with more user control this could be useful and both as a service for the user and raise revenue for Canonical.