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Date: 1999-01-21

Adieu Privacy: Intel identifiziert Chips

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Heute, Donnerstag, soll Intel mit Plänen an die Öffentlichkeit
gehen, alle Prozessoren mit in die Hardware eingebauten
Identifikationscodes serienmässig auszuliefern. Dass dies
dem letzten Rest von Privatsphäre den Todesstoss versetzen
könnte, hat EFF's Barry Steinhardt einem ZDnet Reporter

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Robert Lemos
January 20, 1999 11:42 AM PT Intel Corp. will unveil plans to
embed identification numbers in its PC processors on
Thursday, said industry insiders and cryptographers familiar
with the company's efforts.
In doing so, the Santa Clara, Calif., chip maker could be
sounding the death knell for anonymity on the Internet.
"On the one hand it offers more security -- for e-commerce
and information security," said Barry Steinhardt, associate
director and privacy expert at the American Civil Liberties
Union, "As a pure privacy issue, it allows for a means of
tracking individuals on the Net."
The plan calls for Intel to put a machine-specific ID and a
random number generator in every processor, said sources
familiar with the plans.

The random-number generator will aid e-commerce by
allowing PCs to encrypt data more securely, while the ID
numbers will allow merchants to verify a user's identity and
prevent stolen PCs from getting on the Internet.
For those users who want to remain private, Intel will provide
a software patch to turn off the function. This sort of scheme --
which is referred to as "opt out" because consumers have to
opt out of participating -- mimics the current state of the
"Intel says they're not keeping a database matching users to
their ID numbers," said Steinhardt, "but the temptation down
the road for someone to keep a database will, most likely, be
too great. It will happen."
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