Computer chip maker Intel Corp. drew fire late in January for its plan to embed a unique security technology in its Pentium III processor. The feature would let web-site operators identify a user by his or her computer, but privacy advocates feared the technology could be used to track a user's web-surfing habits. They said such tracking could pose a special threat to students traversing the web.

Responding to a boycott of Intel products, the company said it would ship the processor with the security feature disabled, leaving it up to users to activate the feature if they desire. But privacy


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