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Does Fedora share my personal information with Google (already)?

asked 2018-06-14 18:11:49 -0500

jackyjack gravatar image

Many people come to Fedora to escape data collection and commercialization. Windows 10 is a professional collection platform with a cartoonish interface full of ways to buy things.

Fedora is not that way at all. Question: has Google already found a way to collect on Fedora users from the OS or from the browser? And does the Fedora company sell my information?

I know that Fedora 28 has third-party apps. I hope that I have not sacrificed my privacy by allowing them. Whatever else I do, it won't be using Chrome.

Third question: is Google already collecting on me when I authorize third-party apps in general without downloading Chrome?

Thank you

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do you use gmail? if so, then you do agree to certain sharing, specifically as related to the email address you have, but as far as I know, Fedora does NOT share anything unless directed by you to do so.

SteveEbey73701 gravatar imageSteveEbey73701 ( 2018-06-14 20:17:05 -0500 )edit

No, I do not have gmail. Thanks for your answer!

jackyjack gravatar imagejackyjack ( 2018-06-14 23:17:11 -0500 )edit

One thing you can do is change your search page to Startpage instead of Google. Startpage is an independent proxy for Google that doesn't log your IP address or searches, preventing them from selling information about your searches or filling up the results pages with targeted advertisements. If you're using Firefox, it's available from the searchbar.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2018-06-15 18:07:16 -0500 )edit

@sideburns Thanks!

jackyjack gravatar imagejackyjack ( 2018-06-17 08:45:05 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-06-14 22:37:33 -0500

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As long as you do not use Chrome or any Google desktop applications, you should be safe as far as I am aware. The code is all open source for Fedora (vanilla) and if you are really determined, you can go look around. That's also the main reason Google can't just sneak in some code into the vanilla OS.

Once you start installing 3rd party applications, you run that risk of data sharing, but at that point, you're out of the Fedora domain (open source).

Stick to an open source browser and make sure you have some nice addons/extensions installed and that should suffice.

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Should also avoid Google search, Google Maps, and YouTube. To be safe, also disable Javascript, or google-analytics scripts in particular.

villykruse gravatar imagevillykruse ( 2018-06-15 01:59:46 -0500 )edit

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