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Date: 1999-11-09

Chip-ID auch von AMD und National

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Nach Intel, dessen Pentium III Identifikationsnummer Wirbel
ausgelöst hat, überlegen auch AMD und National Senmiconductor
Identififkationsnummern in die Hardware einzubauen

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Do you want your microprocessor talking about you behind your
back? The trend toward user ID technologies built into
microprocessors--designed to provide a numerical ID when, say, you
make an electronic transaction on the Web--is accelerating. Privacy
groups are up in arms.

Intel recently got into hot water with several privacy groups because
of the Pentium III's unique processor identification numbers and
random number generators, which are used to track and validate
electronic commerce transactions. The numbers help identify the
owner of a chip to a Web site when a transaction is to take place.
The ID is a 64-bit number within the chip's wiring; it's designed to
create a 96-bit unique serial number, accessible by software, to
identify the user.

Intel has also produced a software utility designed to let users erase
their ID numbers, but that wasn't enough for some privacy groups,
including the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the American
Civil Liberties Union. Responding to protests, Intel scaled back its
effort and decided to make use of the IDs voluntary. The Pentium III
will ship with the feature disabled, enabling customers to turn it on if
they want. The topic was a hot one at the recent RSA Data Security
Conference. The ability to build security features into
microprocessors may be a big benefit to corporations and the
software industry, which could use the IDs to police the illegal
copying of software.


Intel has made security into a battle cry recently, and many other
security features are likely to be incorporated into Intel chips,
possibly drawing the ire of privacy groups.

Intel isn't alone in bringing security and microprocessors together.
Both Advanced Micro Devices and National Semiconductor are
evaluating chip security technology as well. And privacy groups are
expecting conflicts similar to the one that arose with Intel over
electronic ID technologies, such as concerns about digital

Washington is waking up to the issue of privacy as it relates to
microprocessors and beyond. When Congress convened at the
beginning of this month, dozens of high-tech privacy bills were
discussed, several of which are expected to take shape this year.
Some of the bills take on issues such as electronic commerce
privacy, encryption, and legal liability resulting from year 2000
problems. Several privacy groups, including the Center for
Democracy and Technology, are working with legislators on the
upcoming bills.

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published on: 1999-11-09
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