I actually wonder why it's so hard for any company to say "Here's what we collect, here's why we use it. Here's an option to submit automatically, review before submit, or not send at all. And oh yeah, here's an option to remove data from reports or to decline to ever send a selected field."
I can say this- if a company were transparent and provided a means to verify what they were doing (IE not secretly sending a few extra undocumented pieces), I might be more inclined to send data based on that honesty than I should be. There might still be stuff I take out, but if I know what's being sent instead of just "Hey there's a crapton of data on my line, I've no clue what it is, where it's going, or why!!"
Barely related side note- crap like this actually makes me miss dialup. With broadband, sending these little reports back isn't too noticeable if you're just on a workstation on a dsl line at home, and while you might have firewall or other setup, most folks including IT nerds "set it and forget it.". People really don't tend to care if there's no user experience impact.
Back in Win XP days a friend of mine, who *damn well* shoulda known better, linked a pretty cool Matrix screen saver in group chat about the time the movie was gaining steam in media. Everyone knowing he's competent admin, always does due diligence etc, checks it out. At the time I was at bumfuck Missouri visiting family where dialup was the only option (even until less than 5 years ago.) Well, after installing the screensaver, I noticed that the modem activity indicator was going in the systray for 10-20sec periods. I only had IRC loaded, no web browser, nothing else that would be hitting the network, and knew what to expect traffic wise of standard OS functions. (I HEREBY ACCEPT MY PUNISHMENT OF ETERNAL JUDGEMENT, UNPAID MALWARE REMOVAL, AND FINGERPOINT AND LAUGHING- You guessed it, this screensaver had a new nasty riding its coattails. Yes, I should have checked myself etc etc, trust me I knew instantly my errors, and have used that lesson well in life since. The screensaver actually wasn't sending much data at all, apparently a C&C check that had no new instructions at that time.. but enough data that I noticed- only because of dialup. The group chat of admins did some reverse engineering on it, reported to McAfee and Norton (back when, relatively to today, they didn't suck, and were the big AV players, we hit several minor ones as well)- both companies worked with us, updated defs within 6hr, gave us credit for the find. Seriously though- dialup was the hero here, it would have likely gone undetected for a while if not for seeing small data being forced to take a long time to transmit.
Kinda sucked, because for the time, it really was a dang decent screensaver with 3d effects that by today's standards wouldn't be awesome but not aged/antiquated.