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Re: Is Canonical tracking me through the DuckDuckGo search engine?
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2015, 11:07:01 PM »
 

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Wow!  Remove canonical from next release of LL.  On LL 2.0, I see t=canonical, on LM 16 XFCE, I do not.  Can someone test for later release of LL?  Search for anything and look at the URL.

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Re: Is Canonical tracking me through the DuckDuckGo search engine?
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2015, 03:53:31 PM »
 

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Might removing xul in ff do the trick ! I always remove it on all my fresh installs .
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Re: Is Canonical tracking me through the DuckDuckGo search engine?
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2015, 04:30:31 PM »
 

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What's the name of the package? I'll take a look.
 

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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2015, 04:32:21 PM »
 

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Ok , I ll check it out .
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Re: Is Canonical tracking me through the DuckDuckGo search engine?
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2015, 04:34:20 PM »
 

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Ok , either xul , or ubufox &/or xul-ext-ubufox .

I guess LL comes with the later if I remember well .
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Re: Is Canonical tracking me through the DuckDuckGo search engine?
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2015, 04:46:25 PM »
 

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Yep, xul-ext-ubufox it is (LL2.2).
BUT removing it, doesn't obviously help. At least not in my case having used FF with package installed before. Don't know whether it makes a difference to remove the package before launching FF for the first time? Will test and report back...
 

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« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2015, 04:53:59 PM »
 

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It s the results I get from DDG research :

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=cat+cooking+salmon

Note , no t-canonicals here .
Last Edit: March 15, 2015, 05:03:17 PM by altman
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Re: Is Canonical tracking me through the DuckDuckGo search engine?
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2015, 05:05:15 PM »
 

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Hm, I've just tested it with a new account and xul-ext-ubufox removed.
I'm still ending up with the "&t=canonical" part. Using the /etc/skel/.mozilla copied to the new account as well as after deleting .mozilla in the new account.
 

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« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2015, 05:11:11 PM »
 

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Gee , that sux mate !

Maybe in FF s Preferences ! I have Do Not Track enabled in my FF Prefs , also I have Private Browsing enabled , & cookies off , might help on your side .

Wonder if it has to do with Privacy Settings ( Cookies as an example ) in FF s Preferences .
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Re: Is Canonical tracking me through the DuckDuckGo search engine?
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2015, 06:21:47 PM »
 

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I found a solution on the webpage I provided, you must:

If you want to remove it, edit the file:

/usr/lib/firefox/distribution/searchplugins/locale/*language-here*

Edit all the languages just to be sure.

Read more info on the webpage.

If your web search engine update, you must do it again probably.

The question is, why are they doing this? GNU Is free (as in freedom, for a reason), and I'm using Linux Lite, not Ubuntu... So if someone should get money from this, it's Linux Lite developers.
We don't owe Canonical money, it should be OFF by default, not ON (like their Amazon searches). It shouldn't be there in a first place.

As you found out, uninstalling the ubufox package won't help.
The web search engine is modified. It says it collects anonymous info too.

The guy in the forum said, it is happening on Mac / OSX too... Why should Canonical get money from OSX users? o.O
Last Edit: March 15, 2015, 06:46:12 PM by UNLIMITY
 

Re: Is Canonical tracking me through the DuckDuckGo search engine?
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It s the results I get from DDG research :

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=cat+cooking+salmon

Note , no t-canonicals here .
Did you use DDG search engine? Don't do it through their website.
The search engine is modified.
 

Re: Is Canonical tracking me through the DuckDuckGo search engine?
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2015, 06:31:02 PM »
 

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Thanx unlimited for the tips in here .

But my bet would be to be Opt-Out of everything ( if possible )  , as with google also (n their are some stuff on that also . Another thing that I use is https everywhere from eff org .

I m also worried of being tracked by ubuntu , which is supposed to be free as you said .
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Re: Is Canonical tracking me through the DuckDuckGo search engine?
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2015, 06:31:41 PM »
 

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Ok, have done some more testing ... and after a crash of my main user session  :o ... here are the results.

I followed the recommendation in the link posted by UNLIMITY (thanks!) and deleted the relevant entry in
/usr/lib/firefox/distribution/searchplugins/locale/<language>/duckduckgo.xml

After restarting the browser the "&t=canonical" part in the address is gone :)

Questions remain:
* At what stage and how is duckduckgo.xml getting this entry?
* Why are you not running into the same need to edit duckduckgo.xml?

 

Re: Is Canonical tracking me through the DuckDuckGo search engine?
« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2015, 06:32:36 PM »
 

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It s the results I get from DDG research :

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=cat+cooking+salmon

Note , no t-canonicals here .
Did you use DDG search engine? Don't do it through their website.
The search engine is modified.

Yep , it s my search engine in FF  also , with every other search engines removed .
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