My Passport asking for internet access. Why?

wdbackupengine.exe is trying to access the internet.  Why?

I do not want it to share anything about my drive or my activities.  How do I permanently keep it from doing this?

Hello and welcome, 

Please note that Smartware will only try to connect to check for updates, not to tamper with any of your files. 

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Also “wddmstatus.exe” is asking for internet access.  Is this also just an update request?

The file path is “D:\program files\western digital\wd quick view\wddmstatus.exe”.