By default Ubuntu 12.10 will record all your keystrokes / search terms when using the Unity Dash and send it to their servers and other third parties.
Personally I think this really sucks.
There can be no doubt that they anticipated many users will remain oblivious to this change / practice, such users will therefore have their privacy compromised.
Even if it is out of their own ignorance, ie because these users did not read the manual, where privacy is concerned there needs to be solid boundaries.
Canonical Ltd relying on a 'unless you opt out' style Legal Notice (see below) is just not good enough.
Searching in the dash -
Collection and use of data
When you enter a search term into the dash Ubuntu will search your Ubuntu computer and will record the search terms locally.
Unless you have opted out (see the “Online Search” section below), we will also send your keystrokes as a search term to productsearch.ubuntu.com and selected third parties so that we may complement your search results with online search results from such third parties including: Facebook, Twitter, BBC and Amazon. Canonical and these selected third parties will collect your search terms and use them to provide you with search results while using Ubuntu.
By searching in the dash you consent to:
the collection and use of your search terms and IP address in this way; and
the storage of your search terms and IP address by Canonical and such selected third parties (if applicable).
You may restrict your dash so that we don’t send searches to third parties and you don't receive online search results. To do this go to the Privacy panel and toggle the ‘Include online search results’ option to off. The Privacy panel can be found in your System Settings or via a dash search. For a current list of our selected third parties, please see www.ubuntu.com/privacypolicy/thirdparties.
Although most changes are likely to be minor, Canonical may change this legal notice from time to time, and at Canonical's sole discretion. Please check this page from time to time for any changes to this legal notice as we will not be able to notify you directly.
How to contact us
Please submit any questions or comments about searching in the dash or this legal notice by contacting us at the following address: Canonical Group Ltd, 5th Floor, Blue Fin Building, 110 Southwark Street, London, England, SE1 0SU.
Those that for whatever reason remain unaware of this change / practice, the legal notice serves to protect Canonical Ltd, allowing them to legally exploit such users.
Ask yourself, why does Canonical Ltd choose to collect data by default?
Answer, because they know the vast majority, if not all users would never optionally choose to submit data that may potentially compromise their privacy.
The "unless you opt out" approach never goes down well with anyone, it is a commercial practice that causes nothing but headaches and controversy, Verizon anyone??
If you would like to opt out and prevent Ubuntu 12.10 collecting / sending your data to Canonical Ltd and their partners, run the Privacy application and change the settings.
As stated in the Ubuntu 12.10 Legal Notice, turn off the setting, "Include online search results"
Well played Canonical Ltd!