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Privacy Indicator was updated recently with new privacy settings, such as enabling / disabling the Ubuntu GeoIP service or storing HUD usage data, clear Alt-F2 history and more.

Privacy Indicator

For those not familiar with Privacy Indicator, this is an Ubuntu AppIndicator especially created for Unity, which allows you to control various privacy aspects.

Until this release, the indicator could be used to enable / disable Dash online search results and Zeitgeist logging (and also clear the Zeitgeist log), clear recently used files (which show up in the Nautilus or Nemo "Recent" sidebar item for instance) and to show or hide your real name on the Unity panel.

The latest Privacy Indicator 0.4 adds quite a few new settings, such as:
  • Show desktop icons
  • Use default wallpaper
  • Use Ubuntu GeoIP service
  • Store HUD usage data
  • Clear Alt-F2 history
  • Clear thumbnail cache
  • Clear libdvdcss key cache
  • Clear GVFS metadata
And of course, there are also various bug fixes - for instance, the AppIndicator icon isn't pixelated any more with the latest 0.4 release.

Note that Privacy Indicator was created with the Ubuntu / Unity defaults in mind so  the new options to toggle displaying icons on the desktop or to restore the default wallpaper don't work with Nemo built with Unity patches from the WebUpd8 Nemo PPA (however, clearing the recently used files affects both Nemo and Nautilus).

Most of the settings provided by Privacy Indicator are already available either via Unity Control Center > Security & Privacy (for enabling / disabling online search results or Zeitgeist logging) or Dconf-editor, but Privacy Indicator offers quick access to all these settings in one place, which can be useful in various situations, for example if you often need to disable Zeitgeist, clear recently used files, etc.

Install Privacy Indicator in Ubuntu 14.04 or 14.10

To install Privacy Indicator in Ubuntu 14.04 or 14.10, you can use its official PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:diesch/testing
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-privacy

If you don't want to add the PPA, you can download the Privacy Indicator deb (or source) from its homepage.

Report any bugs you may find @ Launchpad.