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Comment 103 for bug 1054776

Etienne Perot (etienneperot) wrote :

> Apparently Amazon DOES get your IP address and enough data to statistically infer your query when a search is performed.
> http://benjaminkerensa.com/2012/09/25/technical-diagram-of-how-unity-shopping-lens-likely-works

I've written about this here: https://perot.me/ubuntu-privacy-blunder-over-amazon-ads-continues

And filed a bug report about this here: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/unity-lens-shopping/+bug/1055952

It is a clear contradiction with the stated goal of proxying the request through Canonical's server. Mark Shuttleworth states that it's to "preserve the user's anonymity", yet without proxying the thumbnail requests, the anonymity is thrown out the window (Canonical's stats about what users are searching, however, are not).