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Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Via Boingboing:
When you print on a color laser printer, it's likely that you are also printing a pattern of invisible yellow dots. These marks exist to allow the printer companies and governments to track and identify you — presumably as a way to combat money counterfeiting. When one person asked his printer manufacturer about turning off the tracking dots, Secret Service agents showed up at his door several days later.

Upset? You should be!

Let's stand up to silent tracking and government bullying and send a strong message to printer manufacturers. Our privacy and our control over our own technology is far too important to give up over trumped up fears of photocopied money."

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Stop your printer from sping on you!

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  • Notwithstanding that I would rather my printer "sping" on me (even though I am unsure what that is) rather than spy on me, the fact remains that, in my estimation, printer manufacturers are "evil" to a degree only slightly less than the various **AA covens.

    Think about it:

    - they make exorbitantly priced ink cartridges designed to "run empty" before they are empty
    - they attempt to litigate third-party cartridge makers out of business via dubious patent claims
    - they attempt to strongarm individual users into c

After all is said and done, a hell of a lot more is said than done.

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