Please make the shopping results in the Unity dash opt-in
It seems the humor of my last bug report was lost on some so here is a serious report.
In 12.10, a semi-hidden legal notice tells us that by using the dash, unless we have opted out, we agree to allow Ubuntu to collect our keystrokes, and send them along with our IP address for storage by Canonical and selected parties including Facebook, Twitter, BBC and Amazon. The only cue to alert the user to this fact are the words "Legal Notice" written in small text at the bottom-right corner of a window frame. The agreement, according to Canonical, applies even if the user has not read the notice.
I believe a great many people, especially those who have chosen to use free software, would not wish to use software that violates their privacy in this way. Those people can opt out, IF they notice the little "Legal Notice" down the bottom AND click on it to find out what is about to be done to their privacy, and what they must do to avoid it. Many people would not notice the text, or would not click to read it even if they did notice it. After all, they are using free software, and supposedly, free software respects the freedoms of its users, so it would be lax but not unreasonable for a user to believe they don't need to be on the alert, ever-vigilant and looking for ways in which free software might violate our freedoms.
A software package that respected the freedoms of users would not operate this "feature" on an opt-out basis, would not make the notice overly obscure, and would not claim that simply using the dash without even reading the notice constitutes agreement to be spied upon by third parties.
A software package that respected its users, yet wanted to provide this "feature", would work the following way. The first time dash is opened, a large modal dialogue box would appear with a prominent warning message. The user would be explicitly asked whether they consent for all of their dash search terms to be sent along with their IP address to Canonical, Facebook, Twitter, BBC and Amazon. They would have to answer yes or no before they could use the software. The dialog would have an optional checkbox to make this preference persistent.
Having an opt-out system which will trick many users into allowing their privacy to be violated against their wishes does not respect the freedom of choice or privacy of users. It is not compatible the Ubuntu Code of Conduct, which states that "we expect members of the Ubuntu community to be respectful when dealing with ... users of Ubuntu." It is not possible for community members to support the implementation of the privacy settings in this way. Distributing 12.10 and promoting its use is not respectful of the users of this software, many of whom will be tricked into allowing their privacy to be violated against their wishes.
|affects:||dash (Ubuntu) → unity-lens-shopping (Ubuntu)|
- Opt-out for dash privacy violates Code of Conduct
+ Please make the shopping results in the Unity dash opt-in
|Guruprasad (lgp171188) wrote : Re: [Bug 1070598] Re: Please make the shopping results in the Unity dash opt-in||#6|