Sunday, July 18, 2004

At least it didn't start as pilot program in TX

Ran across this piece about implanting chips in Mexican workers for security access.  I don't like this one bit. Can't they figure out another way rather than this invasive method?  Whose idea was this in the first place?
Security has reached the subcutaneous level for Mexico's attorney general and at least 160 people in his office — they have been implanted with microchips that get them access to secure areas of their headquarters.
Who made the chips? A Florida firm, it turns out.
The chips that have been implanted are manufactured by VeriChip Corp., a subsidiary of Applied Digital Solutions Inc. of Palm Beach, Fla.
And the chips are also being used for people for other reasons.
In addition to the chips sold to the Mexican government, more than 1,000 Mexicans have implanted them for medical reasons, Aceves said. Hospital officials can use a scanning device to download a chip's serial number, which they then use to access a patient's blood type, name and other information on a computer.
Implantable chips, the new growth industry.  Can't wait until the FDA approves their use in the US.