Does Canonical collect any user data about me or my habits during my use of Ubuntu? And if so, how can I stop this data collection?

  • Define the "who" please before we can answer this. – Rinzwind Jul 27 '15 at 15:10
  • @Rinzwind: I am voting to reopen as his comment on the answer provides the needed information. – user364819 Jul 27 '15 at 18:01

Yes and no. If you're browsing the internet, you can be tracked on anything since you're requesting data from external servers, which keep track of that data and when and who from it was requested.

If you're talking about spyware, there are very few spywares out there for Ubuntu, but they're out there. Linux is "Security through Obscurity"

  • I meant do the company Canonical track my behaviour or collect data about me when I use ubuntu? – user433762 Jul 27 '15 at 17:11
  • From my experiences, Canonical themselves don't track your behavior or collect your data for their own use, but they do remember what you download from the Software Center so they can give suggestions, but this is TURNED OFF BY DEFAULT. – Daniel Jul 27 '15 at 22:31
  • In other words, don't worry about it. Your secrets are safe. – Daniel Jul 27 '15 at 22:31
  • Thx for your answer. So you menat that Canonical collect data for someone else, lite Amozon or ?? Or to put it this way: is ANYONE tracking my behaviour, collecting data about me when i use Ubuntu? I.e. does ubuntu respect integrity or not? – user433762 Jul 28 '15 at 16:00
  • I don't think they share with anyone else AT ALL, and I think that anything to provide history is done locally, and not with Canonical. – Daniel Jul 29 '15 at 2:13

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