Clearly, I'm either a Dinosaur
or highly principled, or just stubborn, as I have not bought 1 single Sony item of ANY size/type or price ever since the scandal broke & never will again! Nor anyone in my extended family!
I recall the fun trying to help several "victims" recover at the time.
I seem to recall about 1- 1 1/2 years ago a report that MB makers were going to start including uniquely identifying, trackable / traceable tag/chip either in the BIOS software or as a hardware item in the MB itself. These included ,but not limited to , Intel, AMD, etc. It was going to be promoted as an anti-theft feature to quell criticism/paranoia , particularly for laptops, but
such would have considerable other uses in the hands of power mad officialdom.
Unfortunately (or not), I have not heard anything further on the matter but perhaps someone here has?