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Friday, April 15, 2005

Human 1020000000

Lucyna posted previously on the SPCA micro-chipping dogs, and now cats. Anonymous commented that they used to like this site until the SPCA post got too "conspiracy theory" for them. One of the goals of this site is to challenge people on ideas, and we wouldn't want you to be agreeing with every-thing we say. It makes the debate far more debatable. Come back Anonymous. We know who you are any-way.

The main point about micro-chipping cats I took away from the article is the element of compulsion. It eventually becomes a standard list of reasons rolled out, backed by law, with an associated yearly cost for the privilege of owning a pet. That same formula is applied in too many situations, and we see our freedoms being eroded by a death of a thousand cuts. So, I thought I'd add a bit more to the discussion. In 5 years, we can come back and read this, and compare it to the situation du jour.

The discussion with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags is not just restricted to cats and dogs. Cars are also up for grabs. The way tags will be sold and implemented are insteresting. If you can scan a tag, you can locate a car. Tags can contain up to 1MB of data, so just storing the license plate number may not be the only thing on the tag.

The question is, will it happen to humans? Well, meet Krull. He is one of around 1000 humans already chipped. He is officially Human 1020000000. He's done it for medical reasons.

Also getting a chip shot was John Halamka, the CIO at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and Harvard Medical School and a practicing physician. Again, the medical benefits are being pushed.

He says that Alzheimer's patients might benefit from RFID chips one day. He also points out the chip is expected to last at least 10 years. Of course, if readers and scanners change, he might require a surgical procedure to receive an upgrade.
However, Halamka says there are privacy concerns that should be addressed. He points out that an RFID scanner theoretically could record his presence while he was making a purchase, and on a repeat visit it would be possible to identify him and his previous purchases using that information for marketing purposes.

"Spam, generated by the presence of your body, is theoretically possible," he says. He says there's no legislation to preclude RFID scanning of an individual for anonymous tracking, which could be "analogous to the spyware and adware infecting our computers after surfing Internet sites." The potential for hacker abuse shouldn't be underestimated, he adds.

I am just reporting where we are going. Remember, its optional, its for your own good and it will only cost a few dollars. It might be free if you have Alzheimers, and no-one would pay any attention to you if you don't remember giving authorisation.

Posted by ZenTiger | 4/15/2005 09:27:00 am


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"We know who you are any-way."

No you dont.


4/15/2005 11:16:00 am  
Anonymous Keith said...

"Necessity is the excuse for every infringement of human liberty. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
--William Pitt

4/15/2005 01:30:00 pm  

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