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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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RE: Implant in Child?
By Misty Dingos on 9/4/2007 8:36:22 AM , Rating: 2
What we have here parents and kids is a failure of imagination.

I would think that anyone that is planning, willing and determined to abduct your or anyone's child for vile purposes, it is inconceivable to me that they would not have a plan in mind to disable the implant.

Keep in mind this is someone who is going to rape and murder a child. How would detecting and removing an RFID implant be an impediment? If it took them ten minutes I would be surprised. Once the implant is gone what good did it do to treat your child like a dog?

Now if you want to protect your kid try this. Have a stay at home parent. Oh my god! How freaky is that? Mom stays home (or for you folks in CA. Dad could stay home as an alternative). Then there is a parent to look out for the child and the parents get the added benefit that they don't have to pay for child care. Their child will do better in school and be better adjusted also. Yes studies do support that a child that has a parent that actually raises them do better in life. Go figure thousands of years of civilization had it right and foisting your child off on some daycare center isn't all that good for the tikes.

And for those of you that really can't let go of the idea that the high tech solution is the way to go. Get a powered transmitter that resides in a nearly unbreakable wrist band. It could be set to transmit the location and health of your child at regular intervals. It could recharge by being in proximity of the child say during night when they are in bed. If your child is abducted it could emit an ear piercing sound and transmit it's location to the police immediately. Or if it left a predetermined area. And you haven't treated you kid like a dog. I would also include a high pressure dye in the wrist band that would spray in all directions if the band is tampered with. Is it foolproof? No but I think it is a better idea than treating your child like an animal. Would it stop a determined child predator? Probably not. But it might make finding the child or prosecuting the offender easier.

RE: Implant in Child?
By Christopher1 on 9/4/07, Rating: 0
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