Electronics manufacturers and carriers are pushing to create a new type of digital signature: one that can be digitally recorded, so that devices can be deleted if they’re stolen.
If this sounds far-fetched, consider that many of the devices that are being tested in the US right now have to be connected to a router to function, so they can be remotely monitored.
And a significant chunk of these devices are being sold in China, where government officials have been pushing for new legislation.
And, with a global economy that’s already heavily dependent on electronic devices, there’s a clear chance that the threat of electronic surveillance could lead to even greater economic pressure on China.
But even if the government doesn’t succeed in its campaign to limit the sale of electronic devices to the world, there are signs that there may be some good things in store for the electronics industry.
For one thing, we could see more products that can track us, and they would not be subject to government snooping.