Monday, January 15, 2007

Animal Tags For People

Human-Chip Company Plans IPO

"While the NAIS remains voluntary on a federal level, and there is no formal people identification system as yet, both executives are moving aggressively to position their companies for the day when chips in animals and people are the norm rather than the exception. Mary Zanoni, a lawyer and critic of NAIS who has written extensively about the system, says that "the microchipping of livestock and pet animals is intended to make tagging more acceptable in helping these companies market their devices for people."

I've mentioned that animal ID plan here before. How it's planned that all farm animals will soon require an implanted microchip that will allow the government to track each animal whenever it leaves your property. This is under the guise of preventing bird flu and/or other possible pandemics. Now, Business Week magazine comes out and tells us that this is really simply a prelude to using the same technology on people.

The plan is that these will help people with health problems, dementia patients, etc. so that in an emergency they can wear an implanted chip that matches a number in a database and provides the hospital with vital health records. That sounds reasonable, but there is always a next step.

Business May Compel Chip Wearing
"Of course, no discussion of these cousin companies would be complete without addressing the privacy concerns many people have about being tagged. Both McGrath and Silverman say their companies protect privacy by limiting data stored on the chips for both farm animals and people to identification numbers only, which are extracted via special scanners and then matched to records in databases.

McGrath also says he appreciates the concerns many small farmers have about the potential infringement on their privacy that NAIS represents. "You're dealing with people who are intensely independent," he says. "They don't like people looking over their shoulders."

Silverman says: "We are leaders in the RFID industry in facing privacy issues head on." The chip for people "should always be a voluntary product, with opt-in and opt-out capability."

As comforting as such statements appear, it's important to remember that adoption of the RFID chips doesn't necessarily need to be legislated to become nearly universal. If enough hospitals and insurance companies begin requiring them, or treating patients wearing them more expeditiously than nonusers, or providing discounts for usage of the chips, they well could become the norm. Then, not wearing a chip might be akin to not having a bank ATM card or, increasingly in Eastern states with toll roads and turnpikes, not having a transponder to pay tolls in your car (see BusinessWeek.com, 10/9/06"
I don't know about you, but I'd rather wear a medic alert bracelet than have an ID chip surgically implanted in my right forearm! Read the article here

7 Comments:

Blogger Madcap said...

It's HORRIBLE. This sort of thing gives me the heebie-jeebies. Microchipped chickens? For my "safety". Yeah, right.

3:49 PM  
Blogger PJ said...

I totally agree...I can't help but think of the book 1984... it's absolutely ridculus. ..I just wonder if 'These people' have never been on a true cattle ranch out in the middle of Colorado or Wyoming. Will there be some type of dictating on WHICH cows get in the cattle truck to go to market? the thoughts that this could lead to is very scary. ..or better yet spys intercepting private information of people.... ahhh...this type of stuff really just bothers me!!

7:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this is so frightening. Believe it or not, I've read on other blogs where people think this is a good idea! I wonder what the heck they are thinking! No microchips for me or my family!

8:37 PM  
Blogger Imma ( Alice) said...

I agree with those that think this is scary. The more time passes the more I am glad I couldn't bring children into this world to suffer after I'm gone. When I was a kid we were all safe and we roamed around with no fears. Now that is not the case anymore.

As a person on a small disability income, it scares me that I may have to pay money I don't have to microchip my animals, not to mention the invasion of privacy, violation of rights,and on and on. I also am against having humans microchipped. What I can see the governments doing is telling people to get a microchip in their children to protect them from kidnapping. I can actually see where any parent would go for this. It would make finding kidnapped children so much easier, and maybe they could be found while still alive. So I can see the good side of this. And yet I still see this as being a "big brother" thing and anyone with a microchip would have no privacy. All the government would have to do is push a button and they'd know where each person was and what they were doing. So there are 2 sides to this coin and I can see both.

As I said before, I'm glad that I have no children to have to live on in this kind of world. When I was a kid we were safe, and I think all children have the right to be safe, not living in a world of fear and microchips.

11:37 PM  
Blogger Imma ( Alice) said...

I agree with those that think this is scary. The more time passes the more I am glad I couldn't bring children into this world to suffer after I'm gone. When I was a kid we were all safe and we roamed around with no fears. Now that is not the case anymore.

As a person on a small disability income, it scares me that I may have to pay money I don't have to microchip my animals, not to mention the invasion of privacy, violation of rights,and on and on. I also am against having humans microchipped. What I can see the governments doing is telling people to get a microchip in their children to protect them from kidnapping. I can actually see where any parent would go for this. It would make finding kidnapped children so much easier, and maybe they could be found while still alive. So I can see the good side of this. And yet I still see this as being a "big brother" thing and anyone with a microchip would have no privacy. All the government would have to do is push a button and they'd know where each person was and what they were doing. So there are 2 sides to this coin and I can see both.

As I said before, I'm glad that I have no children to have to live on in this kind of world. When I was a kid we were safe, and I think all children have the right to be safe, not living in a world of fear and microchips.

11:38 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

I couldn't agree more! I believe the more we convince ourselves that various technological devices can release us from 'work', the more irresponsible we become. This is especially true for raising our children and caring for our planet, two things we are paying less and less attention to in my opinion. The only chips I really like are blue corn chips - Yum!!

8:58 AM  
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