36 governments are now using software to spy on their citizens...


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And just install your software from the USC.
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  1. Ubuntu comes with spyware enabled by default: the remote keylogger known as the "Shopping Lens".

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  2. @John Wang: Don't FUDs here, please. Do you really think that the Shopping Lens is as bad as a government who is spying on their citizens? :|

    I don't like the Shopping Lens: http://thinkonbytes.blogspot.com.es/2012/10/theyre-just-feelings-but-theyre.html
    But I believe in the explanation of Ubuntu: http://www.jonobacon.org/2012/09/25/more-information-about-online-dash-search-privacy/
    because I trust in the Ubuntu Project. The searches are anonymous, because Ubuntu is a gateway between the user and Amazon. Ubuntu doesn’t perform any kind of tracking.

    Don't you trust in Ubuntu? Well, it's simple: just disable the Shopping Lens. Problem solved! Difficult? Right? ;)

    Best regards John!

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  3. It's only FUD when false or misleading arguments are made.

    1. It doesn't matter whether a government or a company performs the physical surveillance, because as Google, Twitter, and other companies have revealed, governments now routinely -- both with and without court orders -- request from them data on specific users' searches and other communications. The U.S. government is even trying to make it easier for companies to comply with these requests by legally immunizing them (CISPA is their latest attempt, and won't be the last if it doesn't succeed). So if user data is collected or processed by any party whatsoever, the government will get their hands on it if they're interested. That's what you risk when you allow your keystrokes to be sent over the wire to any third party.

    2. Several U.S. court cases in the past few years have demonstrated that trusting companies to protect you against government snooping is foolish, even when companies make their best efforts to protect you. One of the most disconcerting cases is U.S. v. Tyler Stumbo, wherein Hushmail, a company founded expressly to protect its users against such snooping, was forced to hand over to the U.S. government 12 CD-ROMs worth of user data that was less anonymous and less encrypted than advertised, and the U.S. government was able to use that data to identify users and read their communications -- even users who were not targeted in the case. (Also noteworthy is that Hushmail is a Canadian company.)

    3. Yes, the Shopping Lens can be easily removed, but so can FinFisher, and that fact doesn't disqualify the latter from being spyware.

    4. It will only occur to a user to remove the Shopping Lens if they know about it in the first place. Even in Ubuntu 13.04, the user is only passively informed about the enabled-by-default remote keystroke monitoring. If Canonical refuses to make this feature opt-in, then it should at the very least actively and preemptively notify the user a) during the installation process; b) upon the first run after a dist-upgrade; and c) with a pop-up dialog triggered the first time the user opens the Dash, before the user begins typing. However, none of these is done. And because the user isn't actively informed, it's easy for their keystrokes to be sent over the wire without their knowledge, and this quite arguably qualifies the Shopping Lens as spyware.

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  4. @John Wang:

    sudo apt-get remove unity-lens-shopping

    Problem solved!

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    1. You apparently didn't read point #4 in my last post. You should read an entire thread before replying in it.

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