Privacy in a world bereft of privacy

See here for a story about how the EU and the EFF are concerned about the digital watermark technology that modern printers contain, which makes it possible to identify the exact printer that was used to produce a given document.

In general, I find these kinds of efforts to be quixotic, at best. My advice to the EFF and other privacy advocates is to give up fighting new technology, because it's a losing battle. Instead, we should spend our time and energy identifying and promoting policies that work in a world where 100 percent surveillance is the norm, because--like it or not--that is the world that is coming.

But in this case there is a real and immediate change that can be made to protect people in countries whose regiemes can and will use the watermarking technologies as instruments of repression. And that is something worth doing.

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