“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,” wrote EFF Web developer Micah Lee in a blog post on Monday. “There are many reasons why you wouldn't want any of these search queries to leave your computer.”
It's also not just Amazon that gets to see your data, Lee charges, but rather a number of third parties.
“Ubuntu's Third Party Privacy Policies page lists all of the third parties that they may send your search term and IP address to, and states: 'For information on how our selected third parties may use your information, please see their privacy policies',” he explains. “In other words, once they give your data away, it's no longer their problem.”