fix macosx

How to restore privacy:

Alternatively, you can apply the changes automatically using fix-macosx.py.

Contributing

Spotlight isn't the only Mac OS X Yosemite feature that unnecessarily phones home; a myriad of system and user processes are sending data to Apple in a default configuration, and we want to fix those, too.

Yosemite Phone Home is a collaborative project to identify additional data that collected by Apple and other third parties. This work is powered by Net-Monitor, our open-source toolkit for auditing phone home behavior system-wide.

Additional Resources

Why do we need this?

If you've upgraded to Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10) and you're using the default settings, each time you start typing in Spotlight (to open an application or search for a file on your computer), your local search terms and location are sent to Apple and third parties (including Microsoft).

The Washington Post has published video demonstration of Yosemite's real time tracking.

Mac OS X has always respected user privacy by default, and Mac OS X Yosemite should too. Since it doesn't, you can use the code to the left to disable the parts of Mac OS X which are invasive to your privacy.

In the Media

Disclaimer: Please be aware that this site is not affiliated with or approved by Apple, Inc. This site describes certain privacy-invading features of Mac OS X and how to fix them; our use of the trademarked term "Mac OS X" is plainly descriptive — it helps the public find this site and understand its message. This site is a Mac OS X fork of fixubuntu.com. Prior to Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu's Dash feature behaved identically to Spotlight in Mac OS X Yosemite. In Ubuntu 14.10, however, Canonical switched Ubuntu to an opt-in model.