I think you are just freaking out over a word which really you have no understanding what it actually is and/or what it is used for. Now, if I am wrong, I apologize.
This is quite rude, and I would argue the same against yourself.
Its important to note that without Telemetry technology it would be impossible to do anything on the internet.
That is not true.
"Telemetry" itself is a unique form of data collection.
And constant telemetry data being phoned home somewhere is not necessary.
Your misconception about "Telemetry" is the main point of your argument against me (as well as everyone who cares about privacy and respect with their Bible software) and it shows that you are greatly misunderstood as to what "Telemetry" is.
Here is a basic, and revealing, explanation from good old Wikipedia (notice the sub-entry of "Phoning Home"):
SoftwareSee also: Phoning home
In software, telemetry is used to gather data on the use and performance of applications and application components, e.g. how often certain features are used, measurements of start-up time and processing time, hardware, application crashes, and general usage statistics and/or user behavior. In some cases, very detailed data is reported like individual window metrics, counts of used features, and individual function timings.
This kind of telemetry can be essential to software developers to receive data from a wide variety of endpoints that can't possibly all be tested in-house, as well as getting data on the popularity of certain features and whether they should be given priority or be considered for removal. Due to concerns about privacy since software telemetry can easily be used to profile users, telemetry in user software is often user choice, commonly presented as an opt-in feature (requiring explicit user action to enable it) or user choice during the software installation process.
I'm from the vastly disappearing group of individuals who care about something called: "privacy".
Mate, all I can say about that is you seriously need to take you computer to a specialist and get it cleaned up, and get rid of the browser you are currently using and switch over to Firefox, Duck Duck Go, or Brave. Scrap MS Edge and Chrome (if that is what you are using).
Uh, "mate", Brave is that very registry entry with telemetry! Are you even aware of how Brave uses it?
There is no such thing as real privacy with any browser. They all "phone home" somewhere.
It will be interesting to see Rick Meyers e-mail reply...
JPG, same here... and still waiting on it.
I'm still sticking with theWord for now.