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U.S. Government Encoding Laser Printers with Identifying Data

The U.S. government has made an agreement with some laser printer manufacturers to encode each page with identifying information, according to civil rights organisation the Electronic Frontier Foundation. EFF is gathering information about the data that printers are revealing with a view to a possible legal challenge or to push for new legislation to protect privacy. The action follows an article published by PC World in November about the markings.

Privacy group warns on print tracking, Vnunet.com, July 28, 2005.