There's nothing accurate about this description.
The user can turn off all update checking, or use the granular permissions to just turn off silent security updates.
>To allow macOS to update automatically, go to System Preferences > Software Update, then check Automatically keep my Mac up to date. The Mac offers some more granular update options than iOS. If you click Advanced…, you see a number of options:
If you only want to turn off silent security updates, the option to uncheck is "Install system data files and security updates".