Privacy: Is Your Technology Telling on You?
More and more, the machines that we use and depend on are collecting information about us. In some cases, they just store it for later access. In other cases, they actually report back to their makers (the product manufacturer). This information can and does find its way into the hands of the government and who know who else? Is this a problem, or just a way to make the world safer for law abiding citizens? Let's take a look at some of the ways our technology is telling on us.
It's been common knowledge for a while that several major printer vendors engineer their color laser printers to embed tiny yellow dots into the printed documents to make it possible to track the origins of the document. This was done in cooperation with the U.S. Secret Service for the ostensible purpose of tracking down counterfeiters who use the printers to make their own currency. Last month, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) was able to crack the code for Xerox DocuColor printers. Their researchers discovered that printers made by Xerox imprint the serial number of the printer and the date and time the document was printed. Sunbelt BLOG: Is Your Technology Telling on You?
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