Ubuntu’s Ama­zon shop­ping fea­ture com­plies with UK Data Pro­tec­tion Act

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The in­de­pen­dent body in­ves­ti­gat­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Ubuntu’s Unity Shop­ping Lens fea­ture and its com­pli­ance with the UK Data Pro­tec­tion Act (DPA) of 1998 has found no in­stances of Canon­i­cal be­ing in breach of the act. Ubuntu’s con­tro­ver­sial ‘Ama­zon shop­ping’ fea­ture has been found to be com­pli­ant with rel­e­vant data pro­tec­tion and pri­vacy laws in the UK, some­thing that was checked in re­sponse to a com­plaint filed by blog­ger Luis de Sousa last year. No­tably, the fea­ture sends out queries made in the Dash to an in­ter­me­di­ary Canon­i­cal server, which sends it for­ward to Ama­zon. The e-com­merce gi­ant then re­turns prod­uct sug­ges­tions match­ing the query back to the Dash. The fea­ture also sends across non-iden­ti­fi­able lo­ca­tion data out in the process.

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