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California's state Senate curbs a high-tech societal dilemma by making it illegal for employers to require ID chips implanted in their employees

Radio Frequency ID chip-maker VeriChip's slogan is "RFID for people."  The company grabbed headlines in October 2004 when it  gained FDA approval for its subdermal RFID implant.  The RFID chip measured in at 12 mm by 2.1 mm and allowed implantees to be identified and tracked using broadcast radio identification.

The chips are marketed for everything from medical tracking and identification, to security applications.

Last year, the Cincinnati based video-surveillance firm, mandated any employee that worked in its secure data center to get implanted with one of VeriChip's implants.  Two of its employees received the implants. 

Also, last year, blog RFID Lowdown reported that Hackensack University Medical Center, in Hackensack, New Jersey nominated patients for a study on the usefulness of these implants. These potential implantees suffer from chronic conditions like heart disease, epilepsy and diabetes.  Patients with these conditions will be placed a two-year program that will test "personal health record modules" inserted just beneath their skin.

Enormous controversy was generated by these moves, because the concept of employer required implants, or the possibility of involuntary medical implanting was seen by many as a dangerous high-tech invasion of privacy.  Also, concerns of the security of these devices’s information were also raised, as RFID chips have been publically compromised.

In response to these concerns the state of Wisconsin recently passed a bill that banned anyone, including the employers and the government, from implanting RFID chips in anyone without consent.

The LA Times reports that the California State Senate has passed a bill that goes one step farther, by banning employers from requiring employees to receive implants.  Nine senators voted against the bill, including Bob Margett (R-Arcadia), who is quoted by the Times as saying it was premature to regulate technology that has not yet proved to be a problem.

"It sounded like it was a solution looking for a problem, it didn't seem like it was necessary," Margett is quoted as saying.

An observation on both bills is that neither explicitly bans employers from asking their employees to voluntarily get implants.  Neither bill bans employers from rewarding employees who get voluntarily implanted.

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By Vokus on 9/4/2007 2:37:26 AM , Rating: 2
Here is what I think about RFID chips.

If in the future every child/person is marked with an ID tag, then there will be data bases in schools and work places, banks, whatever where all the data about you is stored.
If that will be true, what would stop pedophiles and sex offenders ( aka lonely tech savvy computer geeks) from hacking in to school computer systems and getting all the info on every kid in the school, then picking to their best interest and monitoring that person.

Is it to farfetched to say that they could come up with some type of long range RFID device that could monitor a person from like a mile away?

Is it also to farfetched to say that they can design a device that could fry the chip once they kid nap their target?

If you think about this you will realize that when you have an RFID chip on you, you can be monitored. Can someone explain to me how this would make a child/anyone safer?

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Also to the guy that posted about:

From the Bible: (Revelation 13:16-17)

"He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name."

When you read this, some key words come up..
1. Forced
2. Everyone

Is it too farfetched to say they would be able to monitor us using something like cell phone towers and locate us at any time…

Also if there is going to be no paper currency they will know every transaction and you have and know everything you bought and did…

It’s a bit scary just thinking about it…

And what if some government decides to click the delete button on you, and you stop existing... Would it be possible for the gov to use this against a person to convince him/her to do something they would not want to do?

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Whats most scary is that the people them selfs will vote for the chip because they will be shown the illusion of safety...

By vhx on 9/4/2007 2:46:19 AM , Rating: 2

I think this is what you are referring to.

By Vokus on 9/4/2007 2:52:47 AM , Rating: 2
I never saw that clip but god damn, this should be the national news.

By Rugar on 9/4/2007 5:34:50 AM , Rating: 2
My tin foil hat foils the damn Venusians and their eroti-ray, I'm sure that it'll stop the Rockefeller's insidious plans as well.

By AntiM on 9/4/2007 10:21:54 AM , Rating: 2
I'm reminded of the retinal scanners in the movie "Minority Report", where a person in an urban, public area could have their movements instantly tracked as they traveled throughout the city.

If things keep evolving the way they are, I have no doubt that sometime in the future, all privacy will be lost to the government and marketers.

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