Sunday, October 17, 2004

More coverage on the VeriChip implantable RFID chip

The media coverage arising from the FDA's approval of the VeriChip implantable RFID chip continues. The BBC, in its 'Magazine', has an article that thoroughly surveys the issues, from a technical overview to the theories of the tinfoil hat brigade:

BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | Security under the skin:

"A US company has been given the green light to implant microchips in humans. It's intended to provide medical information ... but will it turn into a surveillance system?

How would you like to have the equivalent of a barcode built into your arm?

It would be convenient. A quick scan could save the need to show passports or ID cards. It would be handier than carrying cash or producing medical records.

And a particularly clever barcode would let people find you if you were lost or abducted.... "

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