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Fedora privacy

asked 2017-07-06 00:46:33 -0600

scavy gravatar image

Does Fedora respect privacy? And by that, I mean do they share any type of user data with third parties? I'm thinking of switching over from Debian, but I don't want to run a distro which does things, say like Canonical (giving Amazon search data). Id appreciate the communities opinion on this, thank you very much for your time.

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answered 2017-07-06 09:52:13 -0600

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updated 2017-07-06 09:56:01 -0600

As far as I am aware, Fedora Project does not share any information with third parties. You can find some information here , though it is more relevant when you create an account on fedoraproject.org .

The only data they receive from your OS is:

  • when NetworkManager pings Fedora infrastructure to determine internet connectivity (not sure if and for what purposes Fedora analysis this data)

  • when you setup Automatic Bug Reporting in your OS to tell the developers about problems that occur (bugzilla). Note: You can see and alter the information that you submit, and moreover, you can mark the information you provide as "sensitive", so only a small group of developers can see it. And of course, nobody requires you to submit bug reports on bugzilla.

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NetworkManager pings can be turned off easily. Delete the package NetworkManager-config-connectivity-fedora. The purpose is to test if you have access to the internet and not just some internal company network.

villykruse gravatar imagevillykruse ( 2017-07-06 10:23:35 -0600 )edit

So its essentially just a 'ping' with the target being a Fedora server

scavy gravatar imagescavy ( 2017-07-06 23:38:17 -0600 )edit

That's right, and as @villykruse said, you can turn that feature off by removing the package.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2017-07-07 08:07:05 -0600 )edit

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