[ubuntu-uk] Worrying article

Simon Greenwood sfgreenwood at gmail.com
Mon Apr 9 09:20:43 UTC 2012

On 9 April 2012 09:24, Bill Baker <boosys at gmail.com> wrote:

> This has appeared on Linux Today site:
> "Should you be worried about Ubuntu Desktop's privacy settings?"
> "LinuxBSDos: I hope that I am wrong, but your new Ubuntu system could be
> used to spy on you."
> http://www.linuxtoday.com/news_story.php3?ltsn=2012-04-09-002-41-SC-UB
> Should someone [in a position to do be authoritative on the reply]
> actually respond or reply to the article I wonder?
> --

There is a point about the Ubuntu OS privacy policy being available
somewhere as it doesn't seem to be immediately obvious, but the Privacy
Control Panel is exactly the opposite of what the author seems to think it
is, being what is currently known as Activity Log Manager actually finding
a place in the standard installation. Activity Log Manager controls what
Zeitgeist, the subsystem that monitors your activity and converts it into
suggested activities and files on the Dash, shows you. The writer either
didn't understand that or chose not to.

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