Computer require maintenance, and that requires some type of monitoring system that allows for the collection and storage of data regarding its functions and their operations. The computer has built into it, programs and storage spaces for exactly this function. Has your computer software ever crashed and you obtained this little dialog box that asked you to transmit the data to the operating system manufacturer? If not, I think I want your computer. This is part of the maintenance data collection system.
When that box appears if asks if you want to inform the manufacturer of the problem. What is sends is not a “Hi Joe, I crashed, we have a problem,” message. What is transmits is the conditions of the software crash, the information regarding how and when it happened. It collects data on what function was being accessed when the crash occurred. All of this allows the manufacturer to find where the problem is located and what function is causing the problem.