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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

VeriChip RFID Implant Evil Spreads

(Via Spy.org) UK newspapers report that a night club in Glasgow is following similar night clubs in Barcelona and Rotterdam by offering to implant VeriChip RFID chips under their loyal customers' skin.This has many advantages for the bar or night club, by allowing them to extract money from customers who have decided that even credit cards are too bulky or inconvenient to carry, or who cannot even remember their own names whilst high on drugs or drink.They are treating their loyal customers like animals such as cattle or pet cats or dogs, where identical technology is used. The same hype tactics of promoting the VeriChips as a status symbol "allowing" a customer easier access to the "VIP" lounge/party/promoted event are evident in Glasgow as in the other European trials of the technology. Almost all of these VeriChip "trials" involve free or subsidised equipment and/or implants, and are publicity stunts aimed at supporting the share price of the chip manufacturer. The bar/night club owner/promoter also benefits from the media hype and publicity that VericChip implants in humans always generates ("no such thing as bad publicity")
Implanting sub-dermal tracking devices in humans is wrong, and should be illegal.VeriChips are too electronically unsophisticated to contain any encryption technology, and they can therefore be read and abused remotely by radio, using the 125KHz ISM licence free frequency band, by malicious third parties. This is not being made clear to the "customers" in Glasgow.Unlike a bracelet or badge with an optical barcode or even an embedded RFID chip, a VeriChip involves minor surgery to implant it, and more serious surgery to remove it.

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