Intel wireless network adapter in my computer requires a non-free driver to work. I don't want to install non-free software to my debian system. However it is a notebook and without wireless network it is not very useful for me.
I wonder how risky is to install this driver with regard to surveillance. I mean, do you think it is actually possible that wireless network driver may act maliciously and let some authority or third party collect the data my computer transfers via wireless network?
I suspect that such behavior would cause a scandal if detected, therefore it seems unlikely to me to some extent. On the other hand we have become more familiar with scandals about big IT companies in recent years.
Or is this question fundamentally meaningless because hardware may act maliciously by itself and there is nothing we can do about it, which makes using non-free or free driver irrelevant?
Do you think it would be meaningful not to use wireless network hardware installed to my notebook but try instead to find another solution because of this non-free driver?