The US government tracks you through your laser printer!

Conspiracy hogwash? I wish that were true. Unfortunately, as this article from EFF points out, it’s nothing but scientifically proven. It seems that a bunch of laser printer manufacturers have given some part of the US government, and themselves, the right to stamp the the date, time and serial number of the printer – on every page you print using one of these laser printers.

You’ll see the process working and explained by the EFF, right here. From the EFF:

“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?”

Big Brother indeed.


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