Fwd: [ PFIR ] EFF calls Ubuntu's Amazon search result feature a "major privacy problem"

Robert Holtzman holtzm at cox.net
Thu Nov 1 15:50:25 UTC 2012


On Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 05:47:29PM -0400, Jack Wallen wrote:
> 
> On 10/30/2012 05:35 PM, MR ZenWiz wrote:
> >Ouch.
> >
> >---------- Forwarded message ----------
> >From: PFIR (People For Internet Responsibility) Announcement List
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> >Date: Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 1:48 PM
> >Subject: [ PFIR ] EFF calls Ubuntu's Amazon search result feature a
> >"major privacy problem"
> >To: pfir-list at pfir.org
> >
> >EFF calls Ubuntu's Amazon search result feature a "major privacy problem"
> >
> >http://t.co/L22hOgCS  (ars technica)
> >
> >     The Electric Frontier Foundation has some choice words for the latest
> >     version of the Ubuntu operating system, calling its inclusion of
> >     search results from Amazon (and possibly other third parties) a "data
> >     leak" and a "violation" of privacy.
> >
> >  - - -
> >
> >--Lauren--
> >Lauren Weinstein (lauren at vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren
> >Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org/pfir-info
> >Founder:
> >  - Network Neutrality Squad: http://www.nnsquad.org
> >  - PRIVACY Forum: http://www.vortex.com/privacy-info
> >  - Data Wisdom Explorers League: http://www.dwel.org
> >  - Global Coalition for Transparent Internet Performance: http://www.gctip.org
> >Member: ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy
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> 
> I'm sorry, but I find this hilarious. Ubuntu included a feature
> which I actually use a lot and enjoy. It amazes me how people knee
> jerk to such things. People need to understand the future of the
> desktop is all about integration -- be it social networking or
> shopping.

Just because you use and enjoy a feature doesn't make it secure. 
Also, it amazes *me* how many people don't realize that integration 
can be achieved without sacrificing privacy or security. 

> 
> If you're really that concerned about security and privacy,
> disconnect your computer from the network and have at it.

I assume you think EFF is a bunch of paranoid simpletons. Yes, I know you
didn't say that but that's the inference.

-- 
Bob Holtzman
If you think you're getting free lunch, 
check the price of the beer.
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