Comment 27 for bug 1701068

Thorsten Glaser (mirabilos) wrote :

 “The default configuration is that this "motd-news" feature is enabled and that it will check https://motd.ubuntu.com for updates.” is called “a useful feature” by the author of the LWN article, and in this bugreport.

In the Debian world, we call this a phone-home privacy violation which is a security-relevant release-critical bug and an absolute MUST NOT.