Sunday, September 16, 2007

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

RFID for humans!

I'm glad the US is actually banning something . The California state Senate has approved legislation to bar employers from forcing workers to have RFID chips implanted under their skin. (Well, Duh!)

RFID tags have been used for years to identify pets, track inventory and more recently in contactless smartcards and other ID systems. State Senator Joe Simitian proposed the bill after RFID developer VeriChip was licensed by the US Food and Drug Administration to sell implanted identification devices. Simitian said that, so far, about 2,000 people have had VeriChip's devices implanted. "RFID is a minor miracle, with all sorts of good uses," said Simitian. "But we should not condone forced 'tagging' of humans. It is the ultimate invasion of privacy."

Some people actually want to be implanted though. Think of all those benefits like switching lights on and off automatically? (Seriously some people do think that's a great idea!)

Of course this issue is a central plot theme to SAURIA. Have you checked out my book at all? ;-)