Ubuntu Shopping Lens (Scopes) Declared Legal in the UK and Most Likely...

Ubuntu Shopping Lens (Scopes) Declared Legal in the UK and Most Likely in the European Union


The UK authorities have declared that the Ubuntu Shopping Lens are legal and that no laws have been broken, either in Great Britain or in the European Union.

Some of you might remember that Canonical took a lot of flak from the community when the developers decided to integrate the Shopping Lens into the Ubuntu operating system. Two years have passed since then and a lot of things have changed in the meantime.

For one, the Lens are now called Scopes, but that’s beside the point. When the Ubuntu Shopping Lens were first introduced, users didn’t have any control over them, at least not in a clear and easy way. There was no warning that data was sent over the network and there was no button to turn it off.

Currently, very few people even mention the Shopping Lens, and that is a clear sign that users have gotten used to them and that they have learned to use them or shut the functionality off entirely.



Submitted by: Silviu Stahie


  1. “Lens” is singular, e.g. “I have a zoom lens on my camera”
    “Lenses” is the plural e.g. “I have at least two lenses for each of my cameras”

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