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  1. I think to some degree the comparsion of canonicals "spyware" vs gnome maps is valid. But there are differences.

    Gnome Apps is kind of a opt-in tool, they could make it clearer what services it uses but you know that some map provider is involved. That said I did not know that its a commercial one.

    The ubuntu thing was a opt-out solution, if you wanted to start firefox, type in firefox in your search-starter (which is the only sane way to start apps these days) your firefox search is send to amazon.

    There is another thing, yes aperently the search history is send to a proxy from ubuntu as far as I understand, BUT Canonical is a company too. While gnome is a Foundation, a non-profit organisation. So legaly they cant sell this data to companies that creates profiles about you or stuff like that.

    Lets give another example to clearafy it, lets say gnome makes a amazon gnome app. where you can buy stuff over and search there store, you would know / assume that you send youur data to amazon then, especialy if you would login, to be able to buy stuff.

    So it would be a implizit opt-in you use it despite knowing that the data goes to them. While its not obvious that when you start your normal apps that local actions get send to some servers of a company.

    Also its not context related, in a map app you know well you search map locations and if evil people get access to that, they can profile maybe some routes you wanna take.

    But for what the hell does amazon need to know what apps users use in gnome. Lets even say its not personalised, still they get data how many people use chrome and how many use firefox and stuff like that, now what the hell has that to do with amazon? ok you could argue that they optimise their website to that browser that get used more.

    So it makes some sense, but its also a (local) file search, so why do they need the data how many people love "nasty porn 123" and even worse that data even goes personalised to the canonical company.

    its a shotgun broad data gathering, with opt-out instead of opt-in. thats nasty.

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