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Old 10-05-2019, 08:52 AM   #1
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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.
 
Old 10-05-2019, 01:38 PM   #2
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Do you mean phone home? Yes.

https://www.howtogeek.com/349844/how...about-your-pc/
 
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Old 10-05-2019, 05:18 PM   #3
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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 ?
 
Old 10-05-2019, 07:02 PM   #4
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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.

Last edited by flshope; 10-05-2019 at 07:07 PM. Reason: Add comment
 
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Old 10-05-2019, 08:28 PM   #5
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I found this when searching for ubuntu telemetry: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/new...he-first-time/.
 
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Old 10-06-2019, 07:04 PM   #6
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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.
 
Old 10-06-2019, 07:08 PM   #7
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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.
 
Old 10-06-2019, 07:13 PM   #8
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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.
Climate change makes my big toe hurt real bad so iguess we need to din the sun or were all going to die in 12 year`s or my toe will just continue to hurt real bad or get worse.
 
Old 10-07-2019, 11:50 AM   #9
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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.
 
Old 10-07-2019, 05:31 PM   #10
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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/
 
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Old 10-07-2019, 08:40 PM   #11
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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.
 
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Old 10-07-2019, 08:52 PM   #12
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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
 
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Old 10-07-2019, 09:16 PM   #13
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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.
 
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Old 10-07-2019, 09:30 PM   #14
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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.

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Old 10-12-2019, 08:34 AM   #15
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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 /
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usr/share/popularity-contest
 
  


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