2006/04/26

Doctor, There's a Chip In My Butt!

OK, this is just surreal. Some months ago, Cincinnati based surveillance company CityWatcher.com instituted a policy requiring that employees needing access to their data center, be implanted with an RFID microchip.

Now Wisconsin may become the nation's first state to 1) ban implantation of RFID microchips as a condition of employment and 2) (get this!) ban implantation without a person's knowledge. So...setting aside the obvious privacy issue, can anyone imagine a scenario where an employer would try to "tag" you without your knowledge?

Puts that celebratory lunch on your first day in a whole new light, doesn't it?

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So why aren't they just dropping these little puppies into new borns as they emerge? It will save a lot of pain and angst in the long run, and America Inc won't have to worry about how it will control the drones.
Ain't the Great Democracy grand...
Question: Why don't employers just use fingerprint recognition systems to limit access to secure areas?

Also, in this surreal situation, could a chip be removed from one person and planted into someone else? Would the information on the chip be ruined by removing it? I just wondered if someone could try to change their identity by stealing a chip from a cadaver or patient and then implanting it on themselves.
Cartledge, didn't they do that in _Logan's Run_? And in _Demolition Man_ for that matter.

Kathy, what's so stupid about this is that a third-party security firm hacked the RFID chips from the outside (read all the data and substituted their own, I think).

I guess your question turns on the actual content of the chip. Since it's enclosed in a glass/plastic bead, the info probably wouldn't be damaged by removing it. So a determined attacker could get the notion to cut it out of your bicep (just a more extreme example of stealing one's keycard).

But it might also be the case that what's on the chip must be compared with something in your head. Say the chip has the first half of a password, and you have the second half. Then the chip is worthless even if it's removed. All depends on what the company uses the chip for, I guess...
Kvatch I'm afraid that if those are cinematic portayals, of life as we know it, I will have missed it.
I have enough trouble dealing with real life without moving off into the Hollywood (or wherever it is these days) version of life.
Yikes! Holy shit, does Hollywood know about this? Well, in truth, I think I've seen several sci-fi movies with a plot where chips are placed in their heads without their knowledge. Good to see Wisconsin doing something.
I'm definitely staying sober at the Christmas party this year!
I don't so much mind them tracking my butt, its the rest of me that is bothered by all of this.
Well, I could see the Neo-Cons tagging us without our knowledge so they could track human beings with actual integrity and character as we move through our natural habitats and study our ways.
By the way, this was the core plot of that movie with the In Like Flynt guy when he played the president's analyst. I think the movie was called The President's Analyst Is Missing. Oh, I have to go. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues is playing. I have to go thank Saint Annie.
Well, I could see the Neo-Cons tagging us without our knowledge so they could track human beings with actual integrity and character as we move through our natural habitats and study our ways.

Never happen. Neocons don't feel that there is anything useful to learn form studying the habits of liberals, progressives, or anybody not of their species for that matter. :-)

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