The new versions of CopyToDVD and Blindwrite software packages include an online report function, which gives information to the VSO databases in order to be statistically processed.
As VSO comments...
"The most interesting new feature is an anonymous statistic database connection about the used drive, media ID and speed, and error code if any. You can read technical information about this feature over http://www.vso-software.fr/stats_description.htm
"Why did we implement this feature? For VSO, it will be an opportunity to be more reactive and provide more reliable products. By detecting new drives released in the market, latest firmwares, and statistics about media usage and failure rate, the real time information will be used to improve the technical support and knowledge. We don't collect any information about users or the kind of data burnt. Of course, this is optional, and users can desactivate the feature at the installation. "
"Drive and media manufacturers will be able to benefit of the data collected to improve their own products as well. They can contact us for more information."
"Users will benefit of this exciting database by checking which drive and media are the most reliable. A special web space will be available in a few weeks for end-users and webmasters. These new versions will be released soon, please wait and use the version who will be officially available from our web site and not versions leaked for beta test. "