Go to this link...INTEL , and look for your CPU on the list. If you find it, you have one of the "backdoor-ed" models. They claim you can disable the feature in the BIOS under the Intel ME feature.........my advice - get rid of it and go with something older or with an AMD cpu.
News release here.....CPU Spying
** To find out your CPU version:
- Windows = Control Panel -> System -> General , or install CPU-Z
- Linux = open a terminal, type - cat /proc/cpuinfo , or install CPU-G
- Mac = open a terminal, type - sysctl -a machdep.cpu.brand_string