posted on Feb, 8 2006 @ 08:41 PM
FCC approval for electronic devices just means that they interfere with radio. Havings seen the process of getting FCC approval, I know that the FCC
doesn't directly approve devices. Instead, devices are approved by independent testing labs. However, the labs don't really check the equipment
other than testing for electronmagnetic interference.
So far as registering your product is concerned, the main purpose is so they can market to you, and probably sell your address. However, in some
circumstances, it can be used to track you. It was recently revealed that most printers add a small, hidden code to most printed documents. Along with
registering your printer warranty, they can trace everything you've printed directly back to you.
The other area would be with respect to Windows. Your name is added when you register or install software. Windows is full of security, which may be
intentional or unintentional. Spyware along with various viruses and worms can get on your computer, and once it does everything on your computer can
be transmitted to whoever controls the spyware. This could seriously compromise privacy, although registration isn't really required.
I suppose registration helps them know who has bought various products. However, on an aggreagte scale it is much easier to just find out directly
from retailer, or from you credit card company. They have information about all of your purchases, while the manufacturer would only know about their