Re: You might not have a choice
Yep, like with smart TVs - try and get one that isn't these days. Or incandescent light bulbs. Or phones that are just phones. There seem to be 5 stages to this process:
1. A new version of something, now with built-in camera and microphone complete with monitoring phone-home profiling, comes out as an expensive, hard-to-get luxury.
2. The new version becomes trendy as all the hipsters line up to buy it.
3. The new version becomes commonplace and cheap.
4. The old version becomes an expensive, hard-to-get luxury.
5. The new version becomes effectively mandatory because the old one gets banned for "environmental" concerns or disappears since they aren't selling (because they were deliberately made expensive and hard to get.)
Voila! New lifestyle-data-slurping version in every home, car and pocket!