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California Blocks RFID Implants In Workers

InternetVoting (809563) writes | about 7 years ago

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InternetVoting writes "California has passed a bill banning companies from requiring employees to have RFID chips surgically implanted. Already one company has been licensed by the federal government, implanting more than 2000 people. At least one other company — CityWatcher.com, a Cincinnati video surveillance company — already required RFID implants in some employees.
From the article:
State Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) proposed the measure after at least one company began marketing radio frequency identification devices for use in humans. "RFID is a minor miracle, with all sorts of good uses," Simitian said. "But we shouldn't condone forced 'tagging' of humans. It's the ultimate invasion of privacy.""

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Good News. Industry PR was Thwarted. (1)

twitter (104583) | about 7 years ago | (#20453227)

It's good that this passed despite fierce opposition from RFID makers [slashdot.org] , but the fight has just begun. There were other bills and this minor relief does not go far enough. There is no legitimate use for individual identification of items like shoes and socks, but great potential for abuse. You don't need a surgical implant to keep track of you when a particular combination of clothes already does the job. Every store should disable or remove RFIDs on customer request.

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