Mohr wrote:I don't get it: You get a "search enhancer" that "enhances search results" from Google, but all it does is adding a code to your search to show Google that you are using Linux Mint .... what is the enhancement?
Mohr wrote:Sorry, but it is about trusting someone with your private data.
And they insert something that says it enhances your search and all it does is selling your private data to google and earning money with it?
These are valid privacy concerns, and have been addressed before. See TehGhodTrole's topic
, especially sanda's reply
, who audited the mint-search-addon source code, and my reply
, answering privacy concerns about what data Linux Mint and search engines are collecting.
To summarize; your web browser already includes which operating system you are using, and more, with each request it makes to a website (for example, to display a webpage, to do a search for something, or to download something). What information is being shared by your browser, you can test with EFF's Panopticlick
Linux Mint does not collect any information on your searches. What is done, is add a parameter to the URL of the search engine to indicate to the search engine provider that any advertisement revenue from this search session is to be shared with the Linux Mint project. But the search engine provider could already deduce which operating system you were using, from the information your web browser included in the request.
The mint-search-addon is open source can be audited for such concerns (like sanda did). You can download the source code from here
, download the .tar.gz file.
Mohr wrote:Ok - I have another german source where it is shown that the removal is much more complicated.
This is true for Chromium. For Firefox you can easily disable the Mint Search Enhancer extension for the Add-ons menu, or remove it completely by uninstalling the mint-search-addon package. Whether you do or not, on Firefox you are not directed to the Linux Mint Google CSE when doing a Google search, as you were on Linux Mint 11 and before (which the developers changed from user feedback on Linux Mint 12). For Chromium this is different, and you are still directed to the Linux Mint Google CSE when doing a Google search. To remove the Linux Mint Google CSE from Chromium you need to run one command, as I've shared here
By the by Linux Mint 13 also send every 15 minutes a ping to Google - in the software-updater.
In Germany the IP adress is - for good reasons - considered private data. And why it did so I will never understand ...
This is easily and fully in your control
The Update Manager by default checks every 15 minutes whether there are updates available. A ping to google.com is done by the Update Manager to test if your Internet connection is up, before it attempts to download updates. If you want, you can change both of these. To do so, got to Update Manager and open the Edit > Preferences menu. On the Auto-Refresh tab you can configure the refresh interval. On the Update Method tab you can configure the domain name or IP address to be used for the Internet connection check.
BTW, all software developed by Linux Mint is open source and can be audited for such concerns. The source code for Update Manager you will find conveniently on GitHub: https://github.com/linuxmint/mintupdate
I hope this at least answers part of your concerns. Thank you for using Linux Mint! To those concerned about how their privacy, or about filter bubbling
, Linux Mint wholeheartedly recommends using DuckDuckGo.