Intel's plan to embed a unique security technology in the Pentium III processor has moved two privacy groups to call for a boycott of the chip giant. In response to the outcry, Intel says it will ship the product with the feature disabled, and leave it up to users to choose whether to use it.
Intel wavers in wake of boycott
Intel will ship its forthcoming Pentium III chips with a controversial security feature turned off by default. The decision is a response to a boycott of Intel called for by the Electronic Privacy Information Center and Junkbusters. But its not good enough, those groups say.
Trials set for Intel's embedded security
Civil-liberties advocates warn that the identification codes to be
embedded in the forthcoming Pentium III could pose a threat to
privacy. But Intel says there's not a problem.
Security technology based on good vibes
Shaking atoms will generate random numbers for the encryption to
be embedded in Intel's Pentium III. But be careful sending private
email to your space-alien friends: The technology won't work in outer
Intel exec envisions "the trusted PC"
Intel's plan for chip-based security won't replace software, but will
"build a foundation" for more secure computers, said Patrick
Gelsinger. Intel's latest plan: individual serial numbers on chips.
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