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Why are people freaked by this?
Authored by: FenrisUlf on Jul 07, '06 05:29:16PM

The term "Phone Home" means that this process sends personally identifiable data back to some third party without your consent. The term's on the front burner of popularity recently because Microsoft is indeed phoning home your data to check on your valid licenses without your consent. They have since bowed to the pressure for now, but the cat's out of the bag over on the Redmond side of the fence.

This is nothing like that transgression. Not even if you squint. So being "angry" that Apple didn't give you a separate installer for the program is fine. Being angry for something perceived as an affront to your privacy (like WGA really is) is irrational. It's not nefarious. It's not required.

Coincidentally, WGA was required and was going to BE required to get updates for Windows. This is nothing of the sort. This is quite the tempest in a teapot.

Most people are not defending apple to the death (like it was a "church") in regards to this issue (and certainly this thread is nothing like some I've seen on this subject). We are merely pointing out the complete mischaracterization of the whole thing by people looking to lump Apple with the idiots in charge at Redmond. Claiming these two items as being the same class of privacy issue is indeed bigotry, and as Apple enthusiasts, we should be constantly ready to mention that.

There are far more important things to worry about than this with regards to privacy and the overreaching hand of corporations.

Just my $.02

Who are you that walk across the graves of giants at this late hour?

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