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TokTok 10-05-2019 08:52 AM

Ubuntu Tracking ?
 
Has there been any Tracking Issues with Ubuntu / Have they been resolved ?
I`m using a Dell OptiPlex 320 with factory hardware *Yes,it still runs anything with no problem`s* would i have any problems running Ubuntu ? I`m a linux newbie so expect some stupid question`s.

teckk 10-05-2019 01:38 PM

Do you mean phone home? Yes.

https://www.howtogeek.com/349844/how...about-your-pc/

TokTok 10-05-2019 05:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by teckk (Post 6044168)

Any tracking at all like MS telemetry, including the browser. Does anything exist like SpyBot Anti-Beacon for linux that blocks the same thing`s or better ?
I heard that Ubuntu was going to start monitering users like MS Windows does,has anyone heard of anything like this ?

flshope 10-05-2019 07:02 PM

I believe Ubuntu runs a data collection program as part of the default installation. It is called "popularity-contest". It collects data on what software you use most and sends automatic reports to Ubuntu. You can turn it off by editing the file

Code:

/etc/popularity-contest.conf
Change the line

Code:

PARTICIPATE="yes"
to

Code:

PARTICIPATE="no"
I think this is an alternative to the suggestion in the link given by teckk above.

berndbausch 10-05-2019 08:28 PM

I found this when searching for ubuntu telemetry: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/new...he-first-time/.

TokTok 10-06-2019 07:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by flshope (Post 6044233)
I believe Ubuntu runs a data collection program as part of the default installation. It is called "popularity-contest". It collects data on what software you use most and sends automatic reports to Ubuntu. You can turn it off by editing the file

Code:

/etc/popularity-contest.conf
Change the line

Code:

PARTICIPATE="yes"
to

Code:

PARTICIPATE="no"
I think this is an alternative to the suggestion in the link given by teckk above.

Thank`s nice to know.

TokTok 10-06-2019 07:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TokTok (Post 6044214)
Any tracking at all like MS telemetry, including the browser. Does anything exist like SpyBot Anti-Beacon for linux that blocks the same thing`s or better ?
I heard that Ubuntu was going to start monitering users like MS Windows does,has anyone heard of anything like this ?

Thank`s nice to know.

TokTok 10-06-2019 07:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by flshope (Post 6044233)
I believe Ubuntu runs a data collection program as part of the default installation. It is called "popularity-contest". It collects data on what software you use most and sends automatic reports to Ubuntu. You can turn it off by editing the file

Code:

/etc/popularity-contest.conf
Change the line

Code:

PARTICIPATE="yes"
to

Code:

PARTICIPATE="no"
I think this is an alternative to the suggestion in the link given by teckk above.

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ondoho 10-07-2019 11:50 AM

Always sad when things like this are opt-out and not opt-in... :(
At least nobody's forced to use Ubuntu.

Btw, popularity contest is a Debian thing I think. But there it's opt-in.

ChuangTzu 10-07-2019 05:31 PM

Yes, Ubuntu tracks by default, bad policy. It should give the option to opt out, if not then you were told how to do this. Its a deeper tracker then Debians popularity contest and has prongs set to collect more in future releases if they decide to.

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/new...he-first-time/

frankbell 10-07-2019 08:40 PM

It's been awhile since I installed Ubuntu MATE, but I just looked at /etc/popularity-contest and it's set to "no."

As I said, it's been a while, but I don't recall being given the option to opt one way or the other at time of install (I would have opted out). Maybe someone who has installed a *buntu more recently can shed some light on this.

ChuangTzu 10-07-2019 08:52 PM

Frank, I think the *buntu flavors have it set to opt in, where mainline Ubuntu has it set to opt out (opt in by default). Also its not just popularity:
as root or sudo
Code:

ubuntu-report -f send no
apt purge ubuntu-report popularity-contest apport whoopsie

Those four allow Ubuntu to collect alot of data about each user.

Ref:
https://github.com/ubuntu/ubuntu-report/
https://bazaar.launchpad.net/~apport...w/head:/README
https://bazaar.launchpad.net/~daisy-...w/head:/README
https://salsa.debian.org/popularity-.../master/README

frankbell 10-07-2019 09:16 PM

Thanks. Just for grins and giggles, I ran ubuntu-report from a terminal. Everything in the output of the command, though, was about my system configuration (time zone, GUI environment, type of partitioning--manual--at time of install, etc.). There was nothing about program usage, browser history, etc., and nothing that tied to me as an individual.

As I've said before, I'm not a big Ubuntu fan (I'm using Ubuntu MATE on this machine because I needed to reinstall and I had the install disk laying around--and I think Canonical has done some stupid things over the years (who hasn't?), but Canonical is neither Facebook nor Google. I think some of the concern over Canonical and tracking, while not misplaced, is overblown.

Just my two cents.

ChuangTzu 10-07-2019 09:30 PM

If I remember correctly it creates a unique ID for each user so it's more accurate then using IP address. Keep in mind that openSUSE also does this and last I heard Fedora will start collecting this data as well. So its a concerning trend and definitely not just Ubuntu.

cordx 10-12-2019 08:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by frankbell (Post 6044794)
Maybe someone who has installed a *buntu more recently can shed some light on this.

my ubuntu mate install is about 3 months old and i only really use it for some minor testing so i wouldn't have (knowingly) changed a setting i hadn't heard of before. mine is also set to "no" as is default.conf in /
Code:

usr/share/popularity-contest


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