Intel: No serial number on next chip
- By IDG News Service, Jack McCarthy
- May 01, 2000
Intel Corp. plans to stop stamping serial numbers on its processors, starting
with its next-generation "Willamette" chip due out later this year, the
company said Thursday.
Privacy groups protested after Intel announced last year that it was
releasing Pentium III chips with a so-called processor serial number. The
groups said the number could be used to track people's habits as they surfed
Intel said the number was meant to help IT managers keep track of computers,
but the company eventually agreed to work with computer makers to turn the
feature off at the manufacturing level.
Intel will continue the number in its Pentium III chips, said George
Alfs, an Intel spokesman.