I am fully aware that every OS has had phone home feature and the like, including Win 8.1, and I'm not happy about that, either. However, Win 10 is the worst of a bad bunch and has opened up snooping technologies not present in past edotions.... those in the core which can not be disabled. At least Win 8.1 doesn't have that, and the majority of 'phone home devices, most of which were delivered via update since the regime change and the release of Win 10, can be disabled or uninstalled. I have done that and feel somewhat better about using my PC nowadays. I have doubts that I could/would feel that way with Win 10. True, there are 3rd party programs to disable those features of concern, but there would always remain the concern embedded in the core.
Also, my objection to MS scanning personal files isn't necessarily about MS even seeing them, or even what they're doing with them right now... which MS claims is not a lot, if anything at all. It's about what MS could use that information in the future, not to mention that the entire concept is open to abuse... and Win 10 makes that easier than any other Windows OS before it. True, MS encrypts users data, but that's not going to stop over zealous law enforcement agencies from decrypting it or getting court orders to view perceived items of interest... all in the name of national security. You and I may not need to worry about that so much here in Oz, yet... not that I'd put it past Turnbull to follow the US in these things.
And then there's the hackers, people who have cracked many high profile corporations and government agenies with relative ease. Win 10 makes that easier because it collects and stores user data, which eventually could be harvested by hackers for whatever means. True, I could get hacked at any time on any OS while connected to the internet, but I see no point in providing them with a convenient backdoor to waltz right in.
So, my opinion of Win 10 still stands. Not only that, it is similarly shared by a few 'high profile' others, JcRabbit being one of them, so I'm not alone in my thinking and distrust of MS' motives regarding its latest OS.
FUD is an acronym for 'bullshit artist'.
Oh, and that's not very polite. I mightn't like or trust Win 10, but in expressing my opinion [FUD as some might call it] I'm not saying that Win 10 users are effwits or any other such thing. If people wish to use and trust it, that's their perogative... just as it's mine not to.