I think you will run into some confusion here. The term itself is not problematic, and in fact, is quite useful. Where you might find problems is with people mistaking this definition with the actual act of gathering/collecting data, which is also called data collection. This sense refers to 'how' you go about collecting data (and what data you actually choose to collect), and not how that data is organized thematically.
Within the Canadian context, researchers are encouraged to engage in responsible research data management practice by, among other things, developing and following Data Management Plans (DMPs). The main resource for this in Canada is DMP Assistant (developed by Portage).
The DMP Assistant breaks down DMPs into six areas. Notably, the first area is "Data Collection". This area tries to answer the following questions:
- What types of data will you collect, create, link to, acquire and/or record?
- What file formats will your data be collected in? Will these formats allow for data re-use, sharing and long-term access to the data?
- What conventions and procedures will you use to structure, name and version-control your files to help you and others better understand how your data are organized?
The DMP Online tool used by European researchers uses the same term, "Data Collection" in roughly the same sense as noted above.
My concern is that researchers may start to use these two terms for data collection in ways that create confusion. I just raise this as a possible concern.