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  • On Right Now - Big Brother/Big Business

    On CNBC right now (10/12/09 21:38 Eastern Time) is a show about personal identity threats in the future and what is used now.

    Did you know your color laser printer prints an invisible watermark on every page it prints out that can be traced back to the individual printer like a serial number? Same for your digital camera and other devices.
    "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006

    https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerToolInstitute

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    Re: On Right Now - Big Brother/Big Business

    The manufacturer does that so when something goes wrong, they can trace it from start to finish to find out exactly what happened, and/or notifiy the customer that such an issue has been fixed in later models. Or, if it hasn't been fixed, it helps the development team know such an issue exists and can work to fix it.

    Why do you believe vehicles have VIN numbers on them, or boats with "Point of Origin" papers?

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      Re: On Right Now - Big Brother/Big Business

      Sure, they can be used for reasons just as you describe. But if you try to counterfit some paper money, or send the President a nasty letter using your printer, it has a fingerprint embedded in the paper by the printer that points right back to it by a unique ID number.

      The short of it is: never register anything you buy, else they can track you down.
      And wrap your cell phone in foil when you're not using it so they can't track you.

      I've got to go buy another copy of "Catcher In The Rye" now.
      "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006

      https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerToolInstitute

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        We are being "tracked" through all this embedded information. There was a push to eliminate all currency and have us use plastic for all our transactions. Imagine what that would do to our privacy? They said it would destroy the black market and organized crime, but it would also take away what little remaining privacy we have. Satellites that can see what you are reading, wiretapping, electronic eaves dropping. I walk around my house with an aluminum skull cap, can't be too safe these days.

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          Re: On Right Now - Big Brother/Big Business

          Originally posted by Bob D. View Post
          On CNBC right now (10/12/09 21:38 Eastern Time) is a show about personal identity threats in the future and what is used now.

          Did you know your color laser printer prints an invisible watermark on every page it prints out that can be traced back to the individual printer like a serial number? Same for your digital camera and other devices.

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          Tony

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            Re: On Right Now - Big Brother/Big Business

            Originally posted by Frankiarmz View Post
            We are being "tracked" through all this embedded information. There was a push to eliminate all currency and have us use plastic for all our transactions. Imagine what that would do to our privacy? They said it would destroy the black market and organized crime, but it would also take away what little remaining privacy we have. Satellites that can see what you are reading, wiretapping, electronic eaves dropping. I walk around my house with an aluminum skull cap, can't be too safe these days.

            Are yes Gene Hackman and Wil Smith in Enemy of the State.

            Tony

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            • #7
              Re: On Right Now - Big Brother/Big Business

              Originally posted by AFM View Post
              WWWWhat
              Tony
              Investigating Machine Identification Code Technology in Color Laser Printers

              Related Issues: Printers, Privacy
              Note: As of October 13th, 2005, some information in this paper may be out of date. Please visit http://eff.org/issues/printers for the most up-to-date information on this project.</I>
              Introduction


              On Nov. 22, 2004, PC World published an article stating that "several printer companies quietly encode the serial number and the manufacturing code of their color laser printers and color copiers on every document those machines produce. Governments, including the United States, already use the hidden markings to track counterfeiters." According to the article, the high fidelity of outputs from color machines to their original documents suggests that counterfeiters can potentially succeed in creating high-quality counterfeited currency and government documents using these machines. At the request of the United States Secret Service, manufacturers developed mechanisms that print in an encoded form the serial number and the manufacturer's name as indiscernible markings on color documents. The Secret Service and manufacturers would be able to decode these values from the markings and in the event a color machine was used to print a suspected counterfeited document, these values would be used with customer information to discover the identity of the machine's owner.

              Read the full article here:
              http://www.eff.org/wp/investigating-...laser-printers
              "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006

              https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerToolInstitute

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