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GPS Microchip Issues: Going Against the Grain?

Updated: Dec 4, 2018

Several high tech companies have designed Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking microchips the size of a grain of rice that can be implanted under the skin. The #biometric microchips are being tested on volunteer employees and consumers.

By John Pellegrin, August 2018

Originally designed to allow employees to gain access to restricted research/work sites and purchase items from company vending machines with just a swipe of an arm or hand, as well as for avant garde consumers, some of these chips also have GPS locators, as well as #voice activation capability.

Microchips also can monitor the user’s unique information – including vital signs. Medical practitioners will be able to track in real time any changes, as well as issue alerts for a detected troublesome condition. Even unconscious patients can be treated by emergency room staff as staff downloads stored information in real time. Microchips promise a ready alternative to a driver’s license, passport, and other identifying information.

A Swedish firm has implanted similar microchips in thousands of customers, allowing them to purchase train tickets and other services and goods without credit cards. Pets are already being implanted with locating chips, and hospital nurseries may not be too far behind. These prototype chips cost anywhere from $200.00 to $300.00, depending on sophistication and functions.

Of course, privacy advocates have concerns with this new #technology. Troublesome issues include who will be permitted to have ready access to such confidential information and the hackability of any monitoring system. Stay tuned for anticipated conflicting legislative initiatives at state, federal and international levels – some of which are already being drafted.

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Volume 2, Issue #2, August 2018


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