Warning - our printer has a watermark

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Martin
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Warning - our printer has a watermark

Postby Martin » Sun May 11, 2008 7:57 am

This may be of concern to some users of our printer.

Like many color printers, ours prints a hidden watermark with the time, date and serial number of the printer.

This watermarking system was developed to help trace counterfeiters, but the encoding has now become public knowledge, which means that in theory anyone - not just some shadowy government agency - with the right equipment and some time could identify the printer your document came from and when it was printed.

Some general information on this from the EFF:

http://www.eff.org/issues/printers

What the watermarks look like and how to interpret them:

http://w2.eff.org/Privacy/printers/docucolor/

List of printers that are known to do this or not:

http://www.eff.org/pages/list-printers- ... cking-dots

Ours is a Konica/Minolta Bizhub C252.
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Postby swithun » Sun May 11, 2008 9:31 am

That's good to know. I'll have to print my yellow bank notes somewhere else.
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Postby chombee » Mon May 12, 2008 12:03 pm

Maybe print out the EFF info and stick in on the printer as a warning.
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I've had it with you. If I had an image of a laser gun I would absolutely position it right here in my hand...
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Postby martinmckenna » Mon May 12, 2008 2:10 pm

maybe just make posters with only the dots , can you get uv toner ?
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