2005
10.28

What a surprise!

http://www.computerworld.com/blogs/node/1184

“We’ve found that the dots from at least one line of printers encode the date and time your document was printed, as well as the serial number of the printer…
The Secret Service maintains that it only uses the information for criminal counterfeit investigations. However, there are no laws to prevent the government from abusing this information.”

The list of printers

“Underground democracy movements that produce political or religious pamphlets and flyers, like the Russian samizdat of the 1980s, will always need the anonymity of simple paper documents, but this technology makes it easier for governments to find dissenters,” said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Lee Tien. “Even worse, it shows how the government and private industry make backroom deals to weaken our privacy by compromising everyday equipment like printers. The logical next question is: what other deals have been or are being made to ensure that our technology rats on us?”

And this has been going on for ten years now. Tinfoil hats on.

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