Magazine article Corrections Forum

Human Chips More Than Skin-Deep

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Human Chips More Than Skin-Deep

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The idea of electronic ID chips implanted under the skin carries Orwellian overtones of privacy infringement, although proponents claim these fears are far outweighed by the technology's potential benefits, such as better medical care, identity theft deterrents, and the identification of disaster victims. But critics see privacy invasion as an inevitable consequence, and such concerns have led to the abandonment of radio frequency identification (RFID) tag deployments in products by several companies. The VeriChip is an implantable RFID tag sold by Applied Digital Solutions; VeriChips facilitate financial transactions or allow their users to enter secured areas by beaming an ID number when they come within range of a scanner. RFID chips' most popular application thus far is security augmentation: Mexico is looking into the technology as a kidnapping deterrent, while Technology Systems International in Arizona is using Motorola-licensed technology to boost security in prisons via location-aware wristband monitors worn by both convicts and guards. …

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