20 Feb Ubuntu to Start Collecting User Data in Latest Release
Director of Ubuntu Desktop at Canonical Will Cooke recently announced that the latest release of Ubuntu will include a user data and diagnostics collection system to get more information on the kind of setups and software their users are running.
Cooke said that they are planning to give users an option to send their diagnostic data In Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver). Sending may be enabled by default unless the user unchecks during installation or afterwards in the Privacy section.
Canonical reiterates that they will not be collecting IP addresses, and the data collected may be made public. However, some user pointed out that it is possible to identify users by putting the data together.
Source: Bleeping Computer