Yes, for the non-paranoid people I think just spoofing it is a much better alternative. As explained in this thread I linked above, adding the following to the IP blacklist is enough for stopping Ubuntu from making connections to geoip thingies: ntp.ubuntu.com (only once at boot time) daisy.ubuntu.com (sporadically called during user session) geoip.ubuntu.com (sporadically called during user session) videasearch.ubuntu.com (Sporadically called during user session, don't know why it's even used let alone by which process. If someone can enlighten me, I'd be happy to learn.) NOTE: NTP is used for Clock sync as far I as know, so the user might want to keep that enabled. NOTE(2): The thread I'm using as reference is from 2012. I did some research on Ubuntu packages and it seems that the package "indicator-datetime" is only present at Ubuntu 12.04. So in that particular version on Ubuntu, indicator-datetime depends on geoclue. Users from 14.04 and onwards probably don't have to worry about geoclue anymore. From the C example also linked above, it appears that EACH PROGRAM has to respect user choice, and this call is made at program level (not at geoclue level). Personally, I won't look at the source code of every program I use just to see if they respect my privacy. That's why I think removing geoclue is a better option than just blocking stuff from making connections. But I'm too paranoid with this. Maybe someone is willing to test Linux with Wireshark to see if the system is making connections aside from what Ubuntu already does (and can be prevented, for the most part). For what I can see, Zeitgeist is worse then geoclue, because it logs everything. From Wikipedia: It seems Zeitgeist is a service which logs the user's activities and events (files opened, websites visited, conversations hold with other people, etc.) and makes the information available to other applications. But there's a problem: removing zeitgeist will make Unity to malfunction. Personally I'd rather remove Unity, a DE which I actually enjoy, than to have zeitgeist installed. Or rebuild Unity and unmark zeitgeist/geoclue as dependencies.