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Government Able to Track What You Print

danarhea

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Now that the secret is out, the United States government tells us that this technique is only used to track down counterfeiters. OK, I can accept that at this point, but in light of antiterrorism laws which can define a terrorist as someone belonging to certain dissident groups which are put on the list solely at the government's discretion, who is to say that you wont go to jail some day because the government tracked you down via an anti government statement you printed out on your Epson printer?

Read how big brother has found yet another way to spy on you.
 

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Sublimate the individual to the State and be quick about it.
 

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danarhea said:
Now that the secret is out, the United States government tells us that this technique is only used to track down counterfeiters. OK, I can accept that at this point, but in light of antiterrorism laws which can define a terrorist as someone belonging to certain dissident groups which are put on the list solely at the government's discretion, who is to say that you wont go to jail some day because the government tracked you down via an anti government statement you printed out on your Epson printer?

Read how big brother has found yet another way to spy on you.
Yes I know I saw it on CNN! The printers print on a number onto your papers, to distinguish what kind of printer printed it. I also found this information on another Technology source:
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. http://www.technologynewsdaily.com/node/1538
Kind of like those boxes that are put into cars these days, that track them? It sounds like government is playing more shadow games with us, and we should be aware of being monitored! But if you would like to see these markings for yourself, here's how my source found a way to see them:
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/). http://www.technologynewsdaily.com/node/1538
 
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