Ubuntu 12.10's Unity adds legal notice (by default)
Launching applications, opening images, editing text files, playing music tracks, etc, are actions recorded and pushed into Unity (making them available as local search results), interface that, starting with Ubuntu 12.10, presents users the ability to search and access commercial online search results, process available due to the newly landed Unity Shopping lens.
The developers have already implemented (by default) a clickable manner of disabling online search results (including both default and non-default lenses), meaning, navigating to
System Settings-->Privacy-->uncheck Include online search results, the Dash becomes locally-based only, blocking all of the online-based results to appearch on the Dash when searches are performed (excepting Unity Applications lens's Ubuntu Software Center-powered results).
The latest updates bring a legal notice to Quantal's Unity, introducing (by default) a legal notice (positioned on the bottom-right corner of the Dash) aimed at providing a legal "layer" to the searching-through-the Dash mechanism, thus aligning user' searching activities with clear official Canonical legal statements.
The text is brief yet accurate. concise and easily digestible, touching online results' key points, such as collection and use of data, online search, manners of disabling the mentioned hybrid search (thus transforming it into a locally-based only), as well as mentioning the involved online services (Amazon, BBC, Facebook, Twitter) and specifying what user-specific bits are collected.
A definitely interesting aspect of the minor Dash change is its manner of being exposed, meaning, after
Legal notice (text only) is clicked, the notice becomes a fancy monochrome icon (icon only), being visually aligned to and integrated into the lens bar (without creating a UI inconsistency)
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