Chip & Pin, now Chip & Skin?

I’ve wondered when this was going to happen, my dogs have been chipped for ages with their address and contact details – well, okay not theirs, but my Parents! – and finally it’s coming to humans.

A small chip placed underneath your skin containing important information and perhaps even some form of tracking? Sounds crazy, but we’re doing it just about everywhere else, so why not for us?

A BBC news story talks of the US FDA giving the go ahead for human chip implants.

Now, I think this isn’t such a stretch from what we have now and some of our needs in society today, I think it’s a good idea, although control is paramount.

Think of the situation, as is being trialed in Japan at the moment, where the school children are being implanted with a chip to ensure their safety. Or the idea that secure installations can only be entered if you have a chip inside you. Who needs a credit\debit card, just scan your hand over the till and you’ve paid. Working in a foreign country classed as dangerous – simply get chipped and tracked, kidnapped? Tracked and rescued. In an accident, scan the chip and find your whole medical record on the roadside. It goes on.

There are many, many practical applications for this, and worthwhile applications too. Not just for humans in general, but for Business’s. I would surely consider having my children chipped so I could keep a track of them and make sure they were safe.

However, and I hear the however from a great many of you, and possibly you’ve already raised your hands in disgust and screamed.

Civil liberties. Privacy. Individuals rights. Identity cards, etc, etc. These topics are all discussed to great debates all over the TV, Web, Radio, Papers, etc. But still I don’t fully get it.

I already have multiple methods of tracking and identifying me as an individual. These sources can be merged and cross referenced in any way, without my knowledge, to give a picture of who and what I am. Oh yes, some of this may be illegal, but come on, wake up and smell the roses.

  • Visa cards
  • Debit cards
  • Bank accounts
  • Savings accounts
  • Driving license
  • Council Tax
  • Tax return
  • Car Tax\license
  • Car\House insurance
  • Grocery store card
  • National Insurance card\number
  • Polling card
  • Gym membership
  • Bus pass
  • Passport
  • Internet connection
  • Mobile phone
  • Telephone line
  • Medical history
  • A job
  • A house
  • A car
  • So what’s all the fuss, hey and let’s add into that mix, a blog and posting anything, anywhere on the internet!

    What’s so different from all this and one identity card, what’s so different to all this and a chip in your skin? Nothing other the consolidation of cards together in one point.

    What is different is how the Government and\or Business’s use the information from that. That’s the difference, and that’s nothing to do with having a single card, or a single chip, but where and how that information is shared and used. Whether it is stored separately and compartmentalised in each of the areas that use it, or groups open up their information and share it, willingly or not.

    That, for me, is the scary thing. I am being traced, tracked, cross referenced. It happens every day. Look, I work in a large financial organisation, and I know someone working in a large supermarket chain, I know the information is being monitored and trends tracked, but all above board and in their own business areas.

    What we don’t know is what the Government are doing with this, not just that but in the current climate the security agencies. Their remit does not always abide within the boundaries of the law, and that’s not paranoia, that’s just not naivety.

    It’s happening already with all your multiple engagement points, the cards and forms from above. It happens already. Pulling these, or even just some of these together, will not make the situation any worse or better.

    It’s the control, governance and open attitude of what is done with this data and how it is passed to the individual groups with whom it resides. It’s who has access to the groups of data and how, and how that access is controlled, monitored, and ensured that no one can use it inappropriately.

    That’s my belief.

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