An article appearing in RIA Novosti in Washington on April 30 and written by Lyudmila Chernova.
“Along with the potential risks to health, there is a real risk to freedom and privacy, one of the key purposes of RFID is the tracking technology. Besides, numbering people is very dehumanizing. It turns you into a barcode on the package of meat that’s get tracked like inventory,” said Dr. Katherine Albrecht, an RFID microchip and consumer privacy expert.
Katina Michael, an associate professor at the University of Wollongong, echoed the opinion, stating that implanting automatic identification technology for non-medical purposes could entail the total loss of the right to privacy.
“There is a grave danger in it, as someone who gets an implant does not have control over bodily privacy. They cannot remove the implant on their own accord. They do not know when someone is attempting to hack into their device, no matter how proprietary the code that is stored on the device, and no matter whether the implant has built-in encryption,” Michael told RIA Novosti.
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It is good to see a foreign journalist tackle complex technologies like matters as implantables- there were some things unfortunately lost in the translation, especially with respect to FDA approval for embedded devices. VeriChip for example, did receive FDA approval for their embedded personal health record chip device in 2004.