Articles Tagged shopping lens

Unity Shopping Lens Is Legal, Says UK Data Protection Body

Ubuntu's controversial 'Amazon shopping' feature has been deemed compliant with data protection and privacy laws by the UK's Information Commissioner's Office.

7 August 2014

Ubuntu’s Amazon Shopping Feature Wins Anti-Privacy Award

Ubuntu is no stranger to awards and accolades, but the latest trophy to be presented to the project is one that's unlikely to go on display.

28 October 2013

Ubuntu 13.04 Adds Legal Notice to System Settings

Canonical has introduced an additional legal notice to Ubuntu in a recent update to 13.04.

18 March 2013

Ubuntu to Add ‘Incognito’ Mode to Unity Dash & Legal Notice to Installer

Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has revealed how the OS will address the on-going privacy concerns around it's online searching feature in Unity.

18 February 2013

Dedicated ‘Amazon Shopping Lens’ Created for Ubuntu

Ubuntu 12.10 debuted a new 'Shopping Lens' feature - but not everyone found it useful. mongst those who liked the idea of the Shopping Lens, but not the way it works by default, was developer Mark Tully. But rather than gripe, uninstall, or miss out - he made his own dedicated Shopping Lens...

4 November 2012

EFF: ‘Ubuntu Shopping Lens A Major Privacy Problem’

The Electronic Frontier Foundation have published a critique of Ubuntu 12.10's 'Shopping Lens' feature.

29 October 2012

Ubuntu Add Legal Disclaimer to Unity Dash

A legal disclaimer that links to an updated Privacy Policy from Canonical has been added to the Unity Dash in Ubuntu 12.10. The policy details how personal data is used and what it's used for when 'online results', such as the Shopping Lens, are enabled.

12 October 2012

Blogger Claims Ubuntu’s New Shopping Lens Breaks EU Law

Is an EU law on data protection being broken in Ubuntu 12.10? That's the charge being put forward by blogger Luís de Sousa, who has spent the best part of 10 years working with state institutions where, he says, 'issues with private data are recurrent.' Sousa claims to have found several articles of an 1995 EU Directive on the protection of users personal data that Ubuntu's controversial new 'Shopping Lens' conflicts with

10 October 2012

Ubuntu Adds ‘Amazon Results’ Off Switch, Fixes NSFW Issues

A 'Kill Switch' to disable online results Ubuntu's Dash is ready to land in Ubuntu 12.10.

4 October 2012
Placeholder koala image

Ubuntu ‘Won’t Fix’ NSFW Content in Amazon Unity Results

An unfortunate "side effect" of Ubuntu's new 'shopping suggestions' feature is that, regardless of what you're looking for, be it local or online, you're going to be met with a barrage of results. This filterless 'show whatever from where-ever' approach has raised the eyebrows of some early testers...

1 October 2012

Ubuntu 12.10 Amazon Shopping Results to be Made Optional

Ubuntu's last-minute decision to add shopping results to the Home Lens of the Unity Dash proved controversial earlier this week - but is a compromise on the cards? A Google+ update from Unity developer Didier Roche seems to hint so

25 September 2012
Placeholder koala image

Mark Shuttleworth Explains Ubuntu’s New ‘Amazon Suggestions’ Feature

Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu, has taken to his blog to add context to the latest controversial change in Ubuntu: shopping results.

23 September 2012