Implanted Chip Technology Worries Some

Three Square Market, a Wisconsin-based company, recently implanted microchips in 50 of its 80 employees in place of employee badges, giving these newly chipped employees easy access to their computers and entry into the building without the need for login passwords or physical building keys.

The company, which sells corporate self-serve cafeteria kiosks, has created so much buzz, many are wondering about the future of this chip technology. Will other companies across the nation follow suit and how soon? Though this is not the first time a company has used microchips on humans—Applied Digital Solutions installed the VeriChip to access medical records in 2001—many are concerned about the moral, economic, privacy, and political ramifications. Additionally, although this chip does not have GPS tracking capability, it is certainly possible, thus bringing a greater level of scrutiny and questions.

While the tech world predicts the inevitable adoption of chip technology to replace passports, car keys, computer passwords, and credit cards, many state legislators are still very cautious about this new technology or have simply banned the use of implanted tracking devices.

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