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IS THE WORLD CRAVING CHIPs ?!

posted by:Ian Kerr // 08:54 AM // January 21, 2005 // TechLife

since sometime around the middle of july -- when attorney general of mexico verichiped himself and 160 of his staff -- the idea of implanting microchips in human beings has been creeping into the mainstream.

since then, applied digital solutions, maker of the verichip, has received approval from the federal food and drug administration to market the chip for medical applications in the US. applied digital has, more recently, signed major distribution agreements in US and ASIA that promise to make the implantable human microchip standard medical fare.

there are, of course, several layers of privacy implications stemming from all of this. in a recent presentation before a committee of the Department of Health and Human Services, on the identity trail partner EPIC offered a Four Tier Framework for RFID Regulation for medical information

some of these issues and others related to the verichip will be further discussed at a conference in ottawa on march 4/5 called The Concealed "I": Anonymity, Identity and the Prospect of Privacy.

stay tuned for more on this interesting and important subject !!

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Apparently the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is craving chips. This recent article http://management.silicon.com/government/0,39024677,39127374,00.htm reveals how DHS is going to do a trial run of RFID tags in order to ensure that only "the right people" get across U.S. borders. While none of the articles on this news item specify where the RFID tags will be carried, it does not appear that they will be placed under a human's skin. See the DHS press release http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/interapp/press_release/press_release_0604.xml.

Posted by: Michelle at January 27, 2005 11:39 AM

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