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Okay, so I'm thinking this must be joke. What do you think?

Jul. 31--President Bush's former health secretary Tommy Thompson is putting the final touches to a plan that could result in US citizens having a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip inserted under their skin, The Business has learned.

The RFID capsules would be linked to a computerised database being created by the US Department of Health to store and manage the nation's health records. It could be the precursor to a similar scheme in the UK.

(...)

Thompson, now a director of Applied Digital Solutions, the company that makes the chips, intends to publish the proposal in the next 50 days, by which time he plans to have had a VeriChip inserted in his arm. Thompson believes the capsules could help save thousands of lives every year.


Link: http://www.rednova.com/news/health/196561/health_chips_could_help_patients_in_us/

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zaimoni
Aug. 15th, 2005 01:24 am (UTC)
Distorted, perhaps.

But not a complete joke — stuffing medical records into implanted chips hit normal-media about three months ago.
kmo
Aug. 15th, 2005 01:42 am (UTC)
Yeah, but...
...stuffing medical records into implanted chips hit normal-media about three months ago.

Sure, but subdermal radio frequency ID chips? The federal government was going to put RFIDs in passports until smarter minds pointed out that such a move would facilitate the kidnapping of Americans traveling abroad. RFIDs embedded in passports endagers Americans, but RFIDs under the skin make Americans safer?

As long as the chipping remains optional, I'll just roll my eyes and go about my business.

zaimoni
Aug. 15th, 2005 01:53 am (UTC)
Re: Yeah, but...
Subdermal, yes. RFID, not mentioned (or ruled out).
kmo
Aug. 15th, 2005 02:14 am (UTC)
Not Mentioned?
The first sentence of the quoted article mentions RFID technology specifically.
zaimoni
Aug. 15th, 2005 02:25 am (UTC)
Mea culpa
I was thinking about the articles from three months ago [Washington Post?], not the linked article. I should have mentioned that.

Both RFID, and integration with government databases, were not advertised widely back then.
stanleylieber
Aug. 15th, 2005 02:13 am (UTC)
This kind of thing has been in the pipeline for over ten years. They started talking about it around the same time the first MARC (multi technology automated reader card) cards were being field tested, around 1993-1996.

http://web.archive.org/web/20040416212539/azure.osuny.co.uk/txt/cacmarc.txt
weev
Aug. 15th, 2005 01:59 pm (UTC)
National IDs + subdermal RFIDs = mark of the beast.
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