Your printer is spying on you

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights advocacy group, is requesting the public's help in identifying which printers "are embedding traceable information in the documents they produce. Printer manufactures added this technology under persuasion from the government in order to help combat counterfeiting operations; however this technology defeats the presumed anonymity most people expect from the documents they print." The EFF states that there are currently no laws protecting citizens from potential abuse by the government. In these days of random bag searches (fellow New Yorkers: go here) and increased public video surveillance, it seems we might be better off writing by hand with invisible ink. (EFF via Slashdot)

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.