I’m astonished by Canonical’s blatant disregard for providing a way to opt-in to this gaping privacy hole. This is a dramatic case of “calling home”, and provides a large amount of information about the user, in real-time.

http://www.outflux.net/blog/archives/2012/11/09/product-search-in-ubuntu-12-10/

Put me in the camp that understands why they did it, but think they have done it really badly. Poor form Canonical, fix the shopping lense please.