Spyware in ubuntu
Canonical doubles down
Even better, usually the community protects everyone, and most users don't have to move a muscle. Here's how. Once in a while, users who know programming find that a free program has malicious code. Soon the community switches to the corrected fork, and the malicious version is rejected.
Stallman: Ubuntu spyware makes it JUST AS BAD as Windows • The Register
The prospect of ignominious rejection is not very tempting; thus, most of the time, even those who are not stopped by their consciences and social pressure refrain from putting malfeatures in free software. But not always. When the user searches her own local files for a string using the Ubuntu desktop, Ubuntu sends that string to one of Canonical's servers. Canonical is the company that develops Ubuntu.
This is just like the first surveillance practice I learned about in Windows. My late friend Fravia told me that when he searched for a string in the files of his Windows system, it sent a packet to some server, which was detected by his firewall.
Running Nixory on Ubuntu
Perhaps it is no coincidence that Ubuntu sends the same information. Ubuntu uses the information about searches to show the user ads to buy various things from Amazon. Amazon commits many wrongs ; by promoting Amazon, Canonical contributes to them. However, the ads are not the core of the problem. The main issue is the spying. Canonical says it does not tell Amazon who searched for what.
However, it is just as bad for Canonical to collect your personal information as it would have been for Amazon to collect it. Ubuntu surveillance is not anonymous. People will certainly make a modified version of Ubuntu without this surveillance. When those update to the latest Ubuntu as a base, I expect they will remove this.