If you’re about to by a printer that supports the HP+ smart printer service, you need to ensure you understand all the fine print.
Software engineer Robert Heaton found disturbing evidence that HP printers request a lot of analytics permissions to send back to the company.
In summary, HP wants its printer to collect all kinds of data that a reasonable person would never expect it to. This includes metadata about your devices, as well as information about all the documents that you print, including timestamps, number of pages, and the application doing the printing (HP state that they do stop short of looking at the contents of your documents).
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Modzero, a security firm in Switzerland, has discovered a Conexant keylogger pre-installed on certain laptop models. It’s an audio driver located in the Windows system folder. This driver automatically loads every time a user logs in. Andrew Orr shares which HP models are affected.
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