The following is copied from the Genuine Microsoft Software Download FAQ
Information collected during validation
|Q:||What information is collected from my computer?|
|A:||The genuine validation process will collect information about your system to determine if your Microsoft software is genuine. The validation tools do not collect your name, address, e-mail address, or any other information that Microsoft will use to identify you or contact you. The tools collect such information as:
In addition to the configuration information above, status information such as the following is also transferred:
As standard procedure, your Internet Protocol (IP) address is temporarily logged when your computer connects to a genuine validation website or server. These logs are routinely deleted.
|Q:||How does Microsoft use this information?|
|A:||We use the information to:
We may also share aggregate data with others, such as hardware and software vendors and volume licensees to help protect their license keys.
So, if you’ve ever wondered what information they collect for WGA, wonder no longer.