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EFF calls Ubuntu's Amazon search result feature a "major privacy problem"

November 28, 2012

So searches performed at cyber cafes and other places that use unsecured Wi-Fi can be easily intercepted by anyone else who is connected, said EFF Web developer Micah Lee.

"It's a major privacy problem if you can't find things on your own computer without broadcasting what you're looking for to the world," he wrote in a recent blog post. "You could be searching for the latest version of your résumé at work because you're considering leaving your job; you could be searching for a domestic abuse hotline PDF you downloaded or legal documents about filing for divorce; maybe you're looking for documents with file names that will give away trade secrets or activism plans; or you could be searching for a file in your own local porn collection."

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