The only problem is, you seem to have an implied faith that some other company who isn't currently suspected of doing exactly that on their stuff won't do the same in the future.
I didn't mean to imply that. Apple collects plenty of personal information on their customers. Walmart has low prices because they cut deals with vendors for lower wholesale pricing in exchange for data on their customers' spending habits - including detailed dempgraphic and personal identifying information. I'm sure there are companies out there that don't engage in such practices, but not for altruistic reasons, more likely they don't have the capability or haven't figured out a way to monetize the data.
A colleague submitted an online morgatge inquiry (major bank, SSL connection) and within 10 minutes got a phishing call. Coincidence?
There is no privacy. No illusions here... But enough OT, back to the
discussion that should typify a Mac vs. PC question.
If you have basic knowledge or better get a PC, if you are a technophobe or you can't figure out how to use a TV remote control, MAC is a good option.
Say...can someone help me with my Betamax player? It's got a 12:00 on the front that won't stop flashing...
For example, I bought a new laptop a few months ago from Dell for $2200 and I looked at the comparable MacBook Pro with the same processor, hard drive, video card, and with half of the RAM of the machine I bought and it was $2900 from Apple.
Did the 'equivalent' PC have a slot-loading optical drive? Backlit keyboard? Multitouch trackpad? Digital/optical audio input and output? 7 hours of battery life? A breakaway power connector? All in a case less than 1" thick?
That's the problem with 'the same computer for a lot cheaper'. It's not the same. Of course, for many people those features are dispensable, and the lower cost it preferable. For others (many others, judging by Apple's stock price and market cap), the additional features are worth the cost.
The only thing my MacBook Pro and MacBook Air are missing is the red ring.