Re: Am I particularly unobservant...?
Did you even bother reading the article, 95% of what was written stated that nothing seemed to important, that there was some dubious stuff being moved around by system services and windows update. Quick, Panic, windows update phoned home....
Where is the actual proof that it is actually sending "your personal data".
If you have something you want kept private use an appropriate system not one that is designed for the unwashed masses. Golden rule : If you want to keep something private, then keep it private. Private means on an unconnected system....and encrypted.
Scaremongery seems to be an art around here.