Doritos, Pringles, Ripple Cut, RFID Chips Everywhere

The same chips embedded in pets to identify them so they can be restored to their owners, are being inserted into bodies of employees so they can be returned to their owners if they should get lost or misplaced.   It is undeniably ironic that Belgium and Switzerland, countries in the EU which so strongly support individual privacy, would be places where human implanted RFID chips have been put into practice.

Liz McIntyre was interviewed on Nevada being the fifth state to raise legislation banning involuntary chipping of humans.   “Involuntary” being the key word here, as in “is it voluntary if such is a condition of employment”?

These RFId chips can unlock doors, pay for lunch, log in to computers, and allow one to use a copier.  You can’t easily “lose” them, either.

Whether there is a risk related to having a chip and antenna inside your body during an MRI scan depends on exactly how much “ferromagnetic” material is in the implanted device.  RFID wristbands that had little or no ferromagnetic material did not show any special dangers in this study.  Some warming was measured in another study.  Just something to keep in mind.

Whether the RFID chips are embedded in your body or on a hospital bracelet, your Disney wrist admission key, or your credit card, note that such use tracking technologies can easily be used to abuse the privacy of your personal information.