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Intel's embedded-security plan draws fire

In response to a call for a boycott, Intel pledges to ship its forthcoming Pentium III chips with a controversial security feature disabled, leaving it up to users to decide whether to turn it on.

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.

Intel rivals call security plan inflexible
Plans to imprint serial numbers onto microprocessors to encourage secure e-commerce aren't catching on with the chip giant's competitors.

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 space.

Congressman: Intel chip a privacy hazard
In a letter to Intel CEO Craig Barrett, Massachusetts Congressman Ed Markey says Intel's forthcoming security-embedded chip "compromises personal privacy."

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.