by Jason DeWitt | Top Right News
I thought I was shocked when I heard the news that some companies were allowing guys to use the women’s bathroom, but this story about microchips inserted into the bodies of employees has my head spinning.
According to ABC Eyewitness News in Wisconsin, a company from that state is about to become the first in the country to put microchip implants into the hands of its employees, if they “volunteer” for the program.
By no means is this fake news. It’s totally true, and in my opinion it’s one of the most dangerous head on collisions between privacy and technology.
Once the microchip goes into a hand, user beware. Fact is the sky is the limit in terms of what can be tracked, not to mention the health risks that are bound to surface. The company says there is no GPS tracking, but things can change real fast and who knows what hackers can do. Truth is most people would never know if there was a GPS.
But here’s the craziest thing, there are 50 people who have agreed to the program. And so I say, “the world has lost its mind, and its privacy.”
From ABC Eyewitness News:
“It’s the next thing that’s inevitably going to happen, and we want to be a part of it,” Three Square Market CEO Todd Westby told ABC.
Three Square Market creates software programs for break rooms 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 sam 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 albe 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.
To watch the video of how it works:
What do you think of this?
For now, employees can “volunteer” — although some may fear for their future prospects if they should refuse. But once this stunning precedent has been set, how long will it be until it will be mandatory for employees to accept the chips?