This month, Amazon remotely deleted electronic books from their customers Kindels. They then apologized profusely, saying it would never happen again.
They are not the only one with that sort of power. Apple has the same ability to delete applications it doesn't like from your iPhone.
Now I don't know about you, but it looks to me as if many companies are putting in those same features that we demanded they not put in over the last several years. Only they are doing it in a way that already exists when you purchase the product. If any software company put such a feature in, we would call it an invasion of privacy.
Apple says they are unlikely to use the feature and Amazon has claimed that they will never do it again, so why dont they just remove the feature now and be done with it?
I think the real issue here is why are we allowing them to get away with putting it in, in the first place?
I think we can expect to see more and more of this sort of thing, until nobody knows there was a time when it was against the law in most countries.