It seems more and more software vendors are implanting “spyware” code in their software. Microsoft does it with Windows Genuine Advantage and now Apple has joined the list; first with the iTunes ministore and now with the widget updater.

Macworld: News: Mac OS X “phones home” with 10.4.7 update

Mac users got a taste of what its like to run Microsoft Windows as it came to light this week that the recently released update, Mac OS X 10.4.7, “phones home” to Apple servers periodically. Referred to as the Dashboard Advisory by Apple, the new feature ensures customer’s widgets are up to date — Apple said there is no transmission of personal information.