@MrWizard since the Q&A are all CC-BY-SA, you're well within your rights to do whatever you want with the material. Personally I would have no problem with it and don't really see why anyone else would object either.
@acl I rarely send a crash report since I don't think they will make any difference.
@acl Curated data thing?
The thing that annoys me is that so many programs seem to need administrator rights to install themselves. I'm always a bit worried when I type in my administrator name and password when I have no idea what a .pkg is actually installing.
@acl it's referenced in Manager.m. It sends the $LicenseID, $MachineID, and $ActivationID.
@acl in the old days it used to be the case that if you knew the $LicenseID you could basically do anything, like log into someone else's premier service for example. But nowadays security seems better.
@acl you know when you search the documentation and every time you get "x matches on Wolfram sites" in the top right hand corner? That query submits your $LicenseID and $MachineID in the clear too, apparently.
but yes, I agree with your concerns... I'm all for privacy and not sending any more info than absolutely necessary. My question was actually on what could be done with it, and not a rhetorical "why do you worry" question :)
It doesn't seem like license ID alone is all that meaningful... WRI certainly don't bother encrypting it in other communications either. It's present in plain text in all emails from them and also printed on the invoice.
(of course, WRI knows about your pink underwear)... it's more 3rd party sniffing that I'm talking about