Thank you for your response and clarification; however, I find the explanation faulty in the following ways. However, first let me recognize that I am likely a minority of your users who based on my own personal views actively manage how and where my personal life is used and exposed on the internet. Furthermore, I believe that companies do not have a right to know anything about me simply because we conducted business with each other. I bought the ReadyNAS, I think it is a very good product and I would recommend it to many of my friends. It serves a number of my needs and frankly I am really enjoying the opportunities the device affords me. But that transaction does not, in my own opinion, permit the company to track my use of the product. FaceBook users, for example, willing submit gobs of personal data to an organization which explicitly and willfully profits on selling your "anonymous" data to marketing groups solely to target products to you. Obviously, based on FaceBooks enormous success, I am a minority of internet users or perhaps I am more informed on how this information is used to undermine individuals decisions about the products they buy, use and like. "Anonymous" statistics is a facade, using tracking data on sites I manage, we can determine based on your IP and usage behavior (3 clicks) your age, gender, median income, number of children you have, ages of your children and a whole host of other "anonymous" bits of information. The concept is truly a joke these days within the industry, but most internet users are willfully oblivious. Hey, nothing is free - right?
In any event, the use of email to upload photos is a very nice feature and I congratulate you and others at Netgear for developing such a seamless way of adding content - especially mobile content. I do like the feature but could easily build a PHP listener to do the same thing on the NAS. Not too difficult to do really. You would not need to add server capacity if the service ran locally on the NAS - right? No need to scale if your servers are out of the delivery loop. Finally, many programs ask at the time of installation if they would like to participate in usage statistics sharing to product provider. Netgear could implement the same to gather the same basic statistics for popularity, service scaling, bug reporting, etc while giving other user an option to opt-out. This is a widely used and well adopted option which I recommend you elect.
Finally, I do appreciate your comments and agree that the Photos II is very good software - minus, of course, the intrusion into my privacy.