As usual, your priorities are misplaced.
Are they? Some minor personal data such as web searches vs some real tangible improvement in my life? Comparing me to a drug addict makes me think that you're responding more out of emotion rather than giving your response rational thought, especially considering the level of "abuse" people put up with. Take my girlfriend for instance. She paid for Sims 4. She bought it, played it without issue, and enjoyed it despite "the world is ending" kind of comments about the game's DRM on slashdot. Something not fitting in with your philosophical point of view does not mean someone is being "abused".
Actually I'm beginning to think that you don't really understand the concept of trading something (money, personal data) for something else (services, products, enjoyment). The reality is the vast majority of the world is not at all affected by DRM, and that does not make them all addicts.
You are assuming that they truly are anonymizing the data. We already know corporations often work close together with the government, or will hand over lots and lots of information on request.
But government or not, anonymous or not, I simply want to keep as much information out of the hands of scummy companies like Google, Microsoft, Apple, etc. as possible.
No I'm assuming that my information is not at all important. The government collects information you can not even fathom and the companies you list are actually some of the most up front about what is shared. But fortunately most of the western world is not actually afraid of their government. If I was living in the type of country where the government randomly makes citizens disappear or locks them up without due process then my opinion may be a bit different.
It's possible to be wronged without knowing it. Harm is not always tangible. For instance, the NSA is harming people simply by collecting data.
No they are not harming people by collecting data. They are only harming people by misusing data. Your argument sounds like those people who think cameras should be banned in public parks because someone may take a photo of a child and then go home and masturbate to it. The reality is if something does not have an effect on your life then you are not actually being wronged. Someone could be masturbating to a naked photo of me right now but I don't know about it so it isn't effecting me in any way. Your comparison to the NSA also fails to take into account my argument that you get something for something else. Google gives me something very useful for my data. The NSA only gives me "security" (man I can't keep a straight face saying that).
I don't disable it for the same reason I didn't disable sharing tracking information on my phone despite it being an opt in option when I first turned it on.
Truly, that is a wise decision.
Did you read what I said there, because your reaction in this case is at odds with the rest of what you said, or did I just miss the sarcasm.