October 20th, 2005

grinds my gears

And playing the role of Big Brother, your printer!

Ooops... this has been in my Semagic buffer at work since the 13th. Creeeeeepy.

Is Your Printer Spying On You?
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Update, October 13th

Imagine that every time you printed a document, it automatically included a secret code that could be used to identify the printer - and potentially, the person who used it. Sounds like something from in episode of "Alias," right?

Unfortunately, the scenario isn't fictional. In a purported effort to identify counterfeiters, the US government has succeeded in persuading some color laser printer manufacturers to encode each page with identifying information. That means that without your knowledge or consent, an act you assume is private could become public. A communication tool you're using in everyday life could become a tool for government surveillance. And what's worse, there are no laws to prevent abuse.

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Article here

Document that describes how to decipher Xerox DocuColor printer dots