Color printers embed their serial number in every printout

Did you know that some color printers embed the printer serial number in every printout? I’m astounded that this intrusion on our privacy wasn’t ever brought to light before. While I don’t intend to use my printer for ransom notes (at least not now!), this could have a chilling effect on whistleblowers and on protesters trying to avoid oppresive governments. Disturbing…

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