|FROM ||Ruben Safir
|SUBJECT ||Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Spyware
|Secret Code in Color Printers Lets Government Track You
Online Privacy and Security Late on Friday, September 23, the Federal
Communications Commission issued a lengthy order explaining and attempting
to justify its August 5 decision to force broadband Internet access
and "interconnected VoIP" services to be designed to make government
wiretapping easier, under the terms of the 1994 Communications Assistance
for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). The Center for Democracy and Technology
(CDT) and others are likely to challenge the FCC's order in court,
arguing that the decision exceeds the terms of the statute, imposes
undue burdens on innovation and threatens the privacy of Internet users.
FCC CALEA Order in PDF format
Tiny Dots Show Where and When You Made Your Print
San Francisco - A research team led by the Electronic Frontier Foundation
(EFF) recently broke the code behind tiny tracking dots that some color
laser printers secretly hide in every document.
The U.S. Secret Service admitted that the tracking information is part of
a deal struck with selected color laser printer manufacturers, ostensibly
to identify counterfeiters. However, the nature of the private information
encoded in each document was not previously known.
"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," said EFF Staff Technologist Seth David Schoen.
You can see the dots on color prints from machines made by Xerox, Canon,
and other manufacturers (for a list of the printers we investigated so
far, see: http://www.eff.org/Privacy/printers/list.php). The dots are
yellow, less than one millimeter in diameter, and are typically repeated
over each page of a document. In order to see the pattern, you need a
blue light, a magnifying glass, or a microscope (for instructions on
how to see the dots, see: http://www.eff.org/Privacy/printers/docucolor/)
Full Story http://www.eff.org/news /archives/2005_10.php#004063
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