Many products you "buy" these days are not safe. If you check the legalese BS when you "buy" it, you'll find it full of crap so that they can,
BRICK your device (send it a remote kill signal)
Delete your stuff
Spy on you
This includes, I-Phones, Tablets, smartphones, DVR recorders, game consoles, even software.
This is why it is important to support open software solutions such as Linux. You can make a free DVR player via linux, which is not included in the government/corporate spy grid.
More attention definately needs to be paid to what the EULA's say. Typically the software folks offer the products as a rental of their Leaseware. You don't actually buy anything but the right to personally use their stuff as they see fit. The whole "cloud computing" thing is based on that model. They are trying to protect their copyrights, and at the same time setting up the system where they determine how and with what people use the internet and computer software.
Linux might be great for independent software and actually owning something, but all bets are off once you go online, because that is their domain, literally, and by using their hardware and software, you are forced to agree to their terms or EULA's. In the end, even open source is subject to their digital beast system.
Things like the online storage and backup services like "Carbonite" that are being offered is all a part of the overall "jacking in" of society to the digital grid.