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Microchip Implants and Privacy Threats: It’s what they are not telling you about it, that really matters …

2017/07/24

As people are being sold on the idea of RFID and Smart device advanced technologies, it has become easier to infer information about their behavior and personal tastes, and track and program their choices by observing their use of this technology. To make matters worse, the older versions of RFID transponders, which were once too computationally limited to support traditional security and privacy enhancing technologies, have now evolved far beyond that point. The once limited information regulation between RFID tags and RFID readers, now lead to certain undesirable situations (if we were to know about them at all). One such situation is the nefarious unauthorized data collection, where “hackers” can gather illicit privacy information by either actively issuing queries to the Smart tags or passively eavesdropping on existing tag-reader communications.

Other hacks include the unwanted location tracking of people and objects (by correlating RFID tag “sightings” across different RFID readers), and RFID tag traffic analysis (e.g. terrorist or other subversive operatives could build an IED that explodes upon detecting the presence of any RFID tag).

Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Challenging ID Demands

People have different expectations of privacy in different circumstances, relationships and time periods…  Privacy is not about the information itself, no matter how personal it may be.  Instead, this aspect of privacy – informational privacy – is about my right to control what other see… Different standards apply in different relationships and citizens must learn to control access to personal information.  It isn’t a unmitigated privacy at play, but the personal control of one’s information that matters.  ~ Schulhofer, Stephen J.; The Fourth Amendment in the Twenty-First Century: More Essential Than Ever

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How the REAL-ID Act is creating a national ID database

The Identity Project explores and defends the fundamental American right to move freely around our country and to live without constantly having to prove who we are or why we are here.

Are we there yet?

PositiveID Corporation™ (OTCQB: PSID)

Advanced biological detection and diagnostic solutions for homeland security and global healthcare needs.

PositiveID Corporation™ (OTCQB: PSID) is a life sciences tools and diagnostics company specializing in biological detection and molecular diagnostic systems for America’s homeland defense and the global healthcare market. PositiveID specializes in the development of microfluidic systems in order to detect biological threats and outbreaks, whether airborne, in a healthcare setting, or at the point of need through its ExcitePCR subsidiary. PositiveID is also a leader in the mobile technology vehicle market through its E-N-G Mobile Systems subsidiary.

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For example:

Companies start implanting microchips into workers’ bodies

The syringe slides in between the thumb and index finger. Then, with a click, a microchip is injected in the employee’s hand. Another “cyborg” is created.

What could pass for a dystopian vision of the workplace is almost routine at the Swedish start-up hub Epicenter. The company offers to implant its workers and start-up members with microchips the size of grains of rice that function as swipe cards: to open doors, operate printers or buy smoothies with a wave of the hand. –3 April 2017, Associated Press

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RFID chips: a key to more or less freedom?

The size of a grain of rice encapsulated in bioactive glass, the chips don’t affect the human organism according to developers. Even tattoo artists have started implanting them.

“We are in a consumer society where the stakes are always higher. Today, some things seem useless or even ridiculous, but tomorrow or the day after, they will seem essential, because we will have got used to the fact that they are technically possible.”

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Wisconsin Company To Implant Microchips In Employees

A Wisconsin company is about to become the first in the U.S. to offer microchip implants to its employees.

Yes, you read that right. Microchip implants.

“It’s the next thing that’s inevitably going to happen, and we want to be a part of it,” Three Square Market Chief Executive Officer Todd Westby said.

The company designs software for break room markets that are commonly found in office complexes.

Just as people are able to purchase items at the market using phones, Westby wants to do the same thing using a microchip implanted inside a person’s hand.

“We’ll come up, scan the item,” he explained, while showing how the process will work at an actual break room market kiosk. “We’ll hit pay with a credit card, and it’s asking to swipe my proximity payment now. I’ll hold my hand up, just like my cell phone, and it’ll pay for my product.”

More than 50 Three Square Market employees are having the devices implanted starting next week. Each chip is about the size of a single grain of rice.

Along with purchasing market kiosk items, employees will be able to use the chip to get into the front door and log onto their computers.

Each chip costs $300 and the company is picking up the tab. They’re implanted between a person’s thumb and forefinger.  Westby added the data is both encrypted and secure.

“There’s no GPS tracking at all,” he said.

No one who works at Three Square Market is required to get the chip implant.

[Byline Josh Rosenthal]

22 July 2017
KSTP-TV, LLC – A Hubbard Broadcasting Company (edited)

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Well, maybe “It’s all a conspiracy …”  or something?


See Also

Smart Dust – The Future of Involuntary Treatment of the Public
Smart dust is a name given to extremely small computing particles, RFID chips, or other very small technologies.

Smart Dust: Hitachi Develops World’s Smallest RFID Chip

The Japanese giant Hitachi has developed the world’s smallest and thinnest Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip. Measuring only 0.15 x 0.15 millimeters in size and 7.5 micrometers thick, the wireless chip is a smaller version of the previous record holder – Hitachi’s 0.4 x 0.4 mm “Micro-Chip”. The company used semiconductor miniaturization and electron beam technology to write data on the chip substrates to achieve this decrease in size. The new chips have a wide range of potential applications from military to transportation, logistics and even consumer electronics.

Will You Swallow Google’s Edible Microchip?

Former DARPA director and now Google executive Regina Dugan is pushing an edible “authentication microchip” along with an electronic tattoo that can read your mind. No this isn’t a movie script about a futuristic scientific dictatorship…

Igloo White: the Automated Battlefield

At the height of the Vietnam War, the US developed a high-tech system to interdict forces and supplies streaming into the battlefield from North Vietnam. The system was technologically ahead of its time and demonstrated several groundbreaking military technologies – this is the story behind this system.

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