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Fwd) FC: Intel backs down

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Date:          Tue, 26 Jan 1999 09:15:19 -0500
From:          Declan McCullagh <>
Subject:       FC: Intel backs down

[I'm also not a fan of Intel's move, but I think it's reasonable to
note that every computer with Ethernet hardware has a unique ID number
that some programs have used for at least a decade to thwart piracy,
for instance. Seems to me that civil libertarians irked about "digital
fingerprints" and "virtual Social Security numbers" should start
thinking twice about computers with network connections. After all,
while the Pentium Problem applies only to PCs, Macs and Suns have
Ethernet built-in... --Declan]

                     Intel on Privacy: 'Whoops!'
                     by Polly Sprenger 

                     10:45 a.m.  25.Jan.99.PST
                     Intel finally threw in the towel. 

                     Bowing to pressure from Washington and
                     civil liberties groups, the world's largest
                     chipmaker said Monday that it will disable
                     a controversial feature in its
                     next-generation Pentium chip that some
                     thought threatened consumer privacy. 

                     The turning point came with a letter from
                     Representative Edward Markey
                     (D-Massachusetts), the ranking minority
                     member of the House
                     Telecommunications, Trade, and
                     Consumer Protection subcommittee, to
                     Intel CEO Craig Barrett. 


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