I think ‘the point’ is that in the usa MS has been told that it’s OS is too good an opportunity to not exploit for data gathering. It is up to each person to decide if they want to wear a tinfoil hat or not in this specific discussion, but i would just say ‘look at the world around you’ and keep that in mind.
So in effect IF you want to keep any MS OS that is still within it’s free update cycle, updated you will HAVE to let all the telemetry changes be part of that, i.e. allow MS (and partners) to data mine your PC. It is not up to discussion or end user preferences any more. We can no longer have both an updated OS and one free from spyware stuff, it’s that simple.
From my point of view it just means my Windows 7 PC’s join my one remaining XP (legacy gaming) PC as becoming off-line only PC’s (the one remaining vista only laptop will soon be just a Linux Mint laptop, like this one i post from). They still have software i use for work stuff etc, but i can simply transfer that over to my Linux Mint PC’s for sending data off etc.
But yeah at this point MS is removing all end user options to stay out of their spying game, it might be possible that some of the tools people have been using can adapt to block certain things? But MS game plan is all about turning on those telemetry/data mining features in all of their current OS. That’s my reading of the situation at any rate.
If people are happy with the official line (making the update process more efficient/faster etc) then that is their call, however until very recently there never has been a time when getting Windows Updates was as slow/awkward as it has been recently, so why could they do it fine all these decades and now it is suddenly a problem for them to carry on doing it as they have for ages? Tech and infrastructure must be going backwards right?