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Wednesday, October 19, 2005
  Your ever shrinking world
Add this to the hidden windows log files serialized printer output. How frickin wonderful. Everything ever printed on a standard consumer printer is trackable.
Sleuths Crack Tracking Code Discovered in Color Printers: "The U.S. Secret Service acknowledged yesterday that the markings, which are not visible to the human eye, are there, but it played down the use for invading privacy.

'It's strictly a countermeasure to prevent illegal activity specific to counterfeiting,' agency spokesman Eric Zahren said. 'It's to protect our currency and to protect people's hard-earned money.'

It's unclear whether the yellow-dot codes have ever been used to make an arrest. And no one would say how long the codes have been in use. But Seth Schoen, the EFF technologist who led the organization's research, said he had seen the coding on documents produced by printers that were at least 10 years old.

'It seems like someone in the government has managed to have a lot of influence in printing technology,' he said.

Xerox spokesman Bill McKee confirmed the existence of the hidden codes, but he said the company was simply assisting an agency that asked for help. McKee said the program was part of a cooperation with government agencies, competing manufacturers and a 'consortium of banks,' but would not provide further details. HP said in a statement that it is involved in anti-counterfeiting measures and supports the cooperation between the printer industry and those who are working to reduce counterfeiting."
 
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