I understand folks concerns re: apps that send data without some sort of notice given to the owners. Clearly, this notice needs to be given. Also, I agree with portmac that fab should have an option to enable/disable this feature. At this point, you can configure your firewall to your own preferences as portmac and others have said. There are quite a few threads on this topic.
Having said this, sorry, I just don’t see this as spyware. There is no malicious intent here, nor does this feature do anything to one’s pc except send burn data with the only purpose to update and improve vso’s products.
Here’s a decent working definition of spyware from Wikipedia:
"In the field of computing, the term spyware refers to a broad category of malicious software designed to intercept or take partial control of a computer’s operation without the informed consent of that machine’s owner or legitimate user. While the term taken literally suggests software that surreptitiously monitors the user, it has come to refer more broadly to software that subverts the computer’s operation for the benefit of a third party.
In simpler terms, spyware is a type of program that watches after what users do with their computer and then send this information to a hacker over the internet. Spyware can collect many different types of information about a user. More benign programs can attempt to track what types of websites a user visits and send this information to an advertisement agency. More malicious versions can try to record what a user types to try to intercept passwords or credit card numbers. Yet other versions simply launch popups with advertisements.
Spyware differs from viruses and worms in that it does not usually self-replicate. Like many recent viruses, however, spyware â€“ by design â€“ exploits infected computers for commercial gain. Typical tactics furthering this goal include delivery of unsolicited pop-up advertisements; theft of personal information (including financial information such as credit card numbers); monitoring of Web-browsing activity for marketing purposes; or routing of HTTP requests to advertising sites."
Just my 2 cents…