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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 CityWatcher.com, 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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RE: Implant in Child?
By Lord 666 on 9/4/2007 2:43:27 AM , Rating: 1
The essence of the article is implantable technology to track or identify. RFID, cellular, and/or GPS enable the same functionality but at different ranges.

Currently and through through the use of cellphone towers and GPS, a person's position can be triangulated - http://support.vzw.com/features/data_services/chap...

and

http://spacecom.grc.nasa.gov/icnsconf/docs/2003/07...

Instead of keeping the tracking chip in the cellphone that can be easily smashed or dunked in water, it can be implanted - in both children and convicted child molesters.


RE: Implant in Child?
By marvdmartian on 9/4/2007 9:15:05 AM , Rating: 2
You do realize that tracking someone's cell phone is facilitated more easily because that cell phone has an active transceiver in it, right? So until we can implant cell phones in people's heads, then chipping them with an RFID is still only going to be good for short range.

The best method at this point in time to keep track of which kid belongs to who, is to handprint & footprint them, and do dna sampling, when they're a baby. It doesn't keep them from being snatched, but it does prove who they are, down the road, if it's suspected that the child isn't who the kidnapper says they are.


RE: Implant in Child?
By LogicallyGenius on 9/4/2007 9:30:47 AM , Rating: 1
So these RFID cant be cut removed from children ?

What a pain that will be on poor children adding to the abduction


RE: Implant in Child?
By Xerstead on 9/4/2007 1:21:31 PM , Rating: 2
Lets record DNA and fingerprints of every child. Easy enough to argue, but remember; in 20-30+ years time the government will have a record of every adult.


RE: Implant in Child?
By SlyNine on 9/5/2007 4:47:37 AM , Rating: 1
This is very dangerous and gives the government way to much power over the people.


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