Re: Dear Microsoft,
"People are willing to make the trade[,] it seems.
The salient point is not, as Teiwaz would have it, that it's not actually a trade if Microsoft's customers give nothing additional in exchange for the updates to Windows. (The updates were already purchased with whatever original consideration was given. Obviously.)
What "thtechnologist" and his statement overlook is that people can't consent to the trade — to the privacy they are giving up in exchange for whatever ostensible "benefits" the updates in question provide — if they are unaware that they are making it! Which is why Microsoft should not be hiding the ball.