Ubuntu uses the information about searches to show the user ads to buy various things from Amazon. Amazon commits many wrongs (see http://stallman.org/amazon.html); 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.


Same question has been asked here Ubuntu with spyware? But I don't have the tab 'search results' on my 12.04 distro. How can I disable this?

I understand that canonical uses this business plan in order to make a living and I really would help in their research as long as the data is preserved anonymously, but I really want to have control over this option, so when I search for something to buy, then enable it so I can help canonical gather this data, otherwise I would like this option disabled.

Thank you

  • I don't want to remove! I want to locate the option in order to enable or disable – themhz Sep 19 '13 at 9:54
  • As this answer indicates, your concerns are unfounded at least for 12.04. In any case, do read askubuntu.com/questions/192269/… because it has advice on "enable or disable" as well making your question a possible duplicate for those versions of Ubuntu that do indeed implement Amazon searches.. – user25656 Sep 19 '13 at 11:41
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    Its not a duplicate, 12.04 does not have that as Eero mentioned. – themhz Sep 19 '13 at 12:31

Amazon search results were included in Ubuntu 12.10, so you don't need to do anything.

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  • 12.04 does not have this 'feature' anymore? or it does not exist as an option at all but still exists as an action for ubuntu someware hard coded? – themhz Sep 19 '13 at 9:32
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    It never has exisited in 12.04 it was introduced in 12.10 as stated If you are using 12.04 you don't have to worry about the amazon lens – damien Sep 19 '13 at 10:19
  • that would be the answer to my problem. – themhz Sep 19 '13 at 11:41

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