Users are eagerly looking for an alternative solution to the Windows 10 debacle. Naturally, the nix users are first to suggest a Linux platform. And when most Windows users hear the word “Linux” they automatically think of Ubuntu.
Ubuntu also collects user info for creating accounts on not only the Ubuntu distro but for forums and websites as well. Data collected includes items such as account names, addresses, passwords and credit card info. They also collect various data for error reporting and statistical information. Although most of this is normally expected when using a computer in today’s day, this isn’t the only thing collected by Ubuntu, nor is it the most honest way of collecting information on users.
The information provided to Canonical is also stored on company servers and may be “accessed by or given to our staff working inside and outside of the UK and to third parties, including contractors and companies within Canonical’s group”, which they claim is for the purpose of providing users with products or services. User information is processed and given to anyone that may provide Canonical or their users with any given “service”. Users consent and agree to the processing and transfer of said data when simply installing Ubuntu.
Most of those familiar with Ubuntu already know about the Amazon ad space that is pushed through the Dash (similar to Windows Search). When a user attempts to search for something using the Dash, they will receive ads from the internet in their results that may be related to their search, unless the user has opted out. These search terms are stored locally for third party access. Ubuntu then sends your keystrokes to productsearch.ubuntu.com and “selected” third parties including Facebook, Twitter, BBC and Amazon for use. By searching with the Ubuntu Dash, users automatically consent to the collection and use of their search terms and user IP addresses, which will also be shared with third parties.
Canonical can use your data for what they want and that’s the straight forward.
Users that are looking to opt out and protect their privacy can visit FixUbuntu.com for a privacy solution.