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When Samsung Electronics remotely disabled the last of its flawed Galaxy Note 7 smartphones last month, it further blurred the lines between who ultimately controls your phone, computer, car or appliance — you, or the companies that make it work?

Industry executives and analysts say companies are exerting greater remote control over their devices — changing how and whether they work, removing or adding software and content, or collecting personal data from them — not always with the user’s permission or best interests at heart.

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