Microchip your employees —why not? (United States)

Received from Rob Hamlin
Fri, 4 Aug 2017 at 9:27 am

Ugh!! …if it doesn’t scare you it should do.

### ODT Online Thu, 3 Aug 2017
US company microchips workers
A Wisconsin vending machine company is offering its employees a chance to have a microchip implanted in their hands that they could use to buy snacks, log in to computers or use the copy machine. About 50 employees at Three Square Market have agreed to the optional implant of the chips, which are the approximate size and shape of a grain of rice, said Tony Danna, vice president of international sales at the River Falls-based company. The company, which employs 85, said it was the first in the United States to offer staff the technology which is similar to that used by contactless credit cards and chips used to identify pets. The implants made by Sweden’s BioHax International are part of a long-term test aimed to see if the radio-frequency identification chips could have broader commercial applications, Danna said.
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8 responses to “Microchip your employees —why not? (United States)

  1. Hype O'Thermia

    Can they be removed? What happens when worker leaves that job? Could a worker get that chip removed, replaced with one from his cat, sell work-chip to someone else so they could get into the building and make use of the coffee machine – and the ex-employee would be sent safe home by the SPCA if he got lost.

  2. I wouldn’t mind being micro-chipped for ID because it is a blasted nuisance that I have neither a passport nor a driving licence. But it’s a good question as to whether micro-chipping for identity can be faked. I wonder if the micro-chip information can also include your photo and your thumb print or maybe a scan of your iris. So the microchip information can be verified against the person present.

    • Gurglars

      Diane, the cheapest option is a gun licence and all you have to prove is that you
      A. Know the rules and
      B. Not have any sociopathic issues.

      • I actually made inquiries into that and got told that trying to get a gun licence when you had no intention of getting a gun would not at all go down well with the police.

        • Gurglars

          I’ll loan you a gun Diane on of course the understanding that such a licence had been issued. You can then prepare legally to consider the implications of assisting the peninsula (Christine Garey) with possums, Gareth Morgan on a national issue of a surfeit of moggies, farmers on the overpopulation of rabbits, the odd potential large Rat, that might get voted in– sorry that might eat your chickens, and protection against the possible chance that you will be encosted at home by a former politician with an axe to grind, a case for which you are legally entitled to defend yourself.

          I hope this synopsis helps.

  3. Oh dear, old news. Chips outside your body can easily be faked it seems. Which raises questions about the authenticity of a chip inside your body. Also, if a chip in your hand allows you to make purchases, might that be an incentive for a new gruesome crime of ‘hand theft’?
    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2008/aug/06/news.terrorism

  4. Rob Hamlin

    They are indeed. When I lived in New York the hoods routinely carried bolt croppers for getting their victim’s rings off. They were not used on the ring!

    I would expect that they (the hoods) were red hot on their own human rights on the rare occasions when they came to trial!!

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