Privacy is an important issue that every user should strive to protect and while privacy means many different things to different people, the fact is that privacy is about real choices being given to a user in regards to how their information (searches, personal information etc) is shared and handled.
I would like to highlight two important things I believe I have contributed to in regards to privacy. Those being advocating for Firefox to remain the default web browser on Ubuntu and also alerting the FSF and EFF about privacy issues in the new Unity Lenses & Scopes. Both organizations were unaware of the new feature but agreed with the privacy concerns I had and helped campaign for changes.
Sadly, in the case of the Unity Lenses & Scopes the privacy issues remain because users are not being given choice or control as a default but instead the decision is made for them by default. I still hope that Canonical (which last year won a Anti-Privacy Award for this privacy fail) will make the right decision for its users.
I think it is important for contributors and users in any open source project to always stand up for values like privacy. I hope more will do this whenever the occasion presents itself in any open source project. Privacy and User Choice are pillars of the open source culture and we should always strive to do our best in respecting both.
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