Lots of offices in lots of industries deal with materials that require discretion. Whether it's a military intelligence unit handling classified documents or a law firm planning strategy for a case or just someone who wants to keep business plans out of competitors' hands, secrecy is an important part of business. So it's understandable why Canon thought there might be a market for its new office printer, the Uniflow 5. But the somewhat Orwellian new features of the Uniflow 5 might go a bit too far in protecting company secrecy.
Every time you send a document to the Uniflow 5 for printing, it automatically scans for certain phrases or keywords that have been embargoed. For example, if you worked at the FBI, your bosses might set the Uniflow 5 to make sure you're not printing any documents with the phrase "spy on Greenpeace," or at BP, managers might prefer no one print anything with the words, "2009 report on safety concerns at Deepwater Horizon."
If the Uniflow 5 finds an embargoed phrase, it will automatically block printing and--here's where it gets creepy--send an email to your boss reporting exactly what you tried to print and when. In other words, it will turn you in, letting your company keep tabs on what you're printing.