I'm just wondering if the
sqlcmd.exe has client-side Telemetry, CEIP (Customer Experience Improvement Program), or any other form of "spyware" baked into it and turned on by default? And if so how to turn it off?
The following is from SQL Server's license agreement,
The software enables Microsoft to collect telemetry by default. You may turn off telemetry at the Server and client levels by following the instructions at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=733886. There are separate controls to turn off telemetry at the Server level and the client level. If you turn off telemetry at the Server level only, Microsoft will collect telemetry through the client level unless you also turn off telemetry at the client level.