Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

FDA CLEARS VERICHIP FOR MEDICAL APPLICATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES

The VeriChip Health Information Microtransponder System consists of an implantable RFID microtransponder, an inserter, a proprietary hand-held scanner, and secure database containing the patient approved healthcare information. About the size of a grain of rice, VeriChip is a subdermal radio frequency microchip. Once inserted under the skin in a brief outpatient procedure, the VeriChip cannot be seen by the human eye. Each VeriChip contains a unique 16-digit verification number that is captured by briefly passing a proprietary scanner over the insertion site. The captured 16 digit number links to the database via encrypted Internet access. The previously stored information is then conveyed via the internet to the registered requesting healthcare provider.

We are moving closer and closer towards something, a point of no return when it comes to technology and the way we apply it. I don’t know if I want anything under my skin, tying me to any kind of database with detailed information about me at all. I know the argument will be it could help save my life someday, but I am deeply mistrustful about how anybody other than myself uses my data.

Shit, all you have to do is submit your email address somewhere and all of a sudden your inbox is getting spam fucker by God knows who!

Why am I to believe this ‘chip’ and the holders of information, would use my information any differently. With global positioning and all manner of tracking going on, I am disinlcined to think that this kind of thing will be wholly benign.

About VeriChip

VeriChip is a subdermal RFID device that can be used in a variety of security, financial, emergency identification and other applications. About the size of a grain of rice, each VeriChip product contains a unique verification number that is captured by briefly passing a proprietary scanner over the VeriChip. The recommended location of the microchip is in the triceps area between the elbow and the shoulder of the right arm. The brief outpatient “chipping” procedure lasts just a few minutes and involves only local anesthetic followed by quick, painless insertion of the VeriChip. Once inserted just under the skin, the VeriChip is inconspicuous to the naked eye. A small amount of radio frequency energy passes from the scanner energizing the dormant VeriChip, which then emits a radio frequency signal transmitting the verification number. In October 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared VeriChip for medical applications in the United States. VeriChip is not an FDA-regulated device with regard to its security, financial, personal identification/safety applications. VeriChip Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Applied Digital.

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