Discussion in 'all things UNIX' started by amarildojr, Jan 9, 2016.
Do you consider Geoclue to be a threat on privacy?
Anything "geo" is a threat to privacy
Yeah, I'm reading on it. The more I read, the more I think Linux is becoming windowsy.
I'm too paranoid. I'll zero-fill my drive and start all over, this time without sddm or musescore.
I can't even install Midori/Epiphany or even MATE without geoclue!
Me, I want nothing to do with " location-aware applications". Anything that makes them not work is a good thing.
I already removed a few MATE things, installed XFCE and will leave only the mate-icon-theme-faenza, caja, and some others.
Geo is certainly one of the terms that should be paid attention to if you're concerned about privacy. Sync is another. Windows, Firefox, Opera, are all pushing accounts and syncing settings these days. Real smart to store your personal profile on a 3rd party server. Makes it very easy to fingerprint you. Combine that with geolocation and you can be pretty thoroughly tracked both physically and intellectually/culturally.
I don't know that it is Windows influence as much as IOS and Android smartphone culture that is influencing Linux in this direction. Windows is just following the trend as much as Linux. I rarely see anyone these days without a smartphone so there is plenty of opportunity to harvest this data.
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