An Internet civil liberties group said it planned to file a formal complaint with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against Intel on Friday, alleging that the security mechanism in its new Pentium III chip represents "unfair and deceptive trade practices".
The Washington based Center for Democracy and Technology will also ask the FTC to investigate the issue of unique serial numbers in the processors - which are due to ship on Friday - that enable Web site owners to track who has visited their sites and what they have looked at.
While other privacy groups had previously organised a boycott of the Pentium III, this is the first to issue a formal complaint against Intel.
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