California bans chipping employees
In 2002 California mandated notification of data breaches involving personal information. The ripples of this step are still spreading across the world.
Now, it continues down the same path with the state’s Senate joining the Assembly in barring employers from requiring workers to have identification devices implanted under their skin.
Sen. Joe Simitian, who proposed the measure, says “RFID is a minor miracle, with all sorts of good uses. But we shouldn’t condone forced ‘tagging’ of humans. It’s the ultimate invasion of privacy.”
One company, VeriChip, has been licensed by the federal government, implanting more than 2,000 people with the rice grain sized chips so far. Once scanned at the proper frequency, the VeriChip responds with a unique 16-digit number: amazingly, the data is unencrypted.
The company touts 24×7 patient identification as one of its major solution areas.
A counter-movement We The People Will Not Be Chipped with the logo “No VeriChip Inside” has sprung up.
Of course, chipping people will never happen in New Zealand. No, we only chip dogs. Maybe we should make an exception for old people who forget their way home? Also, perhaps for people on home detention? Also, perhaps for children at risk? Also, …