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Sev
06-03-2012, 07:17 AM
And people actually believe the government doesn't want to know everything you are doing every second of your life.
Everything Big Brother ever dreamed of.

Hackers would have a field day with this technology not to mention criminal organization.

No thanks. Shelf it.

Those that sacrifice freedom and liberty for security deserve neither.


http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national...ticle-1.1088129 (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/human-barcode-society-organized-invades-privacy-civil-liberties-article-1.1088129)

<span style='font-size: 23pt'>Human barcode could make society more organized, but invades privacy, civil liberties </span>
<span style='font-size: 17pt'>As tech companies work to develop ID chips, how long until we're no longer anonymous? </span>

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Would you barcode your baby?

Microchip implants have become standard practice for our pets, but have been a tougher sell when it comes to the idea of putting them in people.

Science fiction author Elizabeth Moon last week rekindled the debate on whether it's a good idea to "barcode" infants at birth in an interview on a BBC radio program.

I would insist on every individual having a unique ID permanently attached” a barcode if you will” an implanted chip to provide an easy, fast inexpensive way to identify individuals, she said on The Forum, a weekly show that features "a global thinking" discussing a "radical, inspiring or controversial idea" for 60 seconds .

Moon believes the tools most commonly used for surveillance and identification like video cameras and DNA testing” are slow, costly and often ineffective.

In her opinion, human barcoding would save a lot of time and money.

The proposal isn™t too far-fetched - it is already technically possible to "barcode" a human - but does it violate our rights to privacy?

Opponents argue that giving up anonymity would cultivate an Orwellian society where all citizens can be tracked.

To have a record of everywhere you go and everything you do would be a frightening thing, Stanley, senior policy analyst at the American Civil Liberties Union, told the Daily News.

He warned of a œcheck-point society where everyone carries an internal passport and has to show their papers at every turn, he said.

Once we let the government and businesses go down the road of nosing around in our lives...we™re going to quickly lose all our privacy, said Stanley.

There are already, and increasingly, ways to electronically track people. Since 2006, new U.S. passports include radio frequency identification tags (RFID) that store all the information in the passport, plus a digital picture of the owner.

In 2002, an implantable ID chip called VeriChip was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The chip could be implanted in a person's arm, and when scanned, could pull up a 16 digit ID number containing information about the user.

It was discontinued in 2010 amid concerns about privacy and safety.

Still scientists and engineers have not given up on the idea.

A handful of enterprising companies have stepped into the void left by VeriChip, and are developing ways to integrate technology and man.

Biotech company MicroCHIPS has developed an implantable chip to deliver medicine to people on schedule and without injection. And technology company BIOPTid has patented a noninvasive method of identification called the œhuman barcode.

Advocates say electronic verification could help parents or caregivers keep track of children and the elderly. Chips could be used to easily access medical information, and would make going through security points more convenient, reports say.

But there are also concerns about security breaches by hackers. If computers and social networks are already vulnerable to hacking and identify theft, imagine if someone could get access to your personal ID chip?

Stanley cautioned against throwing the baby out with the bathwater each time someone invents a new gadget.

œWe can have security, we can have convenience, and we can have privacy, he said. œWe can have our cake and eat it too.

Soflasnapper
06-03-2012, 01:59 PM
I'm with you. A terrible idea, and frightening technological capabilities.

However, this is driven by private sector, and such inventions cannot really be stopped from creation.

The question is, who or what can stop it?

The answer is government, purposed to the public good. Otherwise, corporations will do what they want with the privately developed technologies they create, with an eye to profit.

The problem is that corporations buy so much influence with the government. A great example is the body scanners the TSA is using, which is a huge money maker for former high official Michael Chertoff, supposedly made necessary by the set up job of the hapless patsy, the so-called shoe bomber, and the later set up of the admitted government asset, the so-called underwear bomber.

cushioncrawler
06-03-2012, 04:50 PM
Love the idea of chips for all.
And keeping track of all chips at every turn.
Its a must. It will kum one day.
mac.

Sev
06-03-2012, 05:19 PM
Its def a bridge to far.

Imagine not only the chip. But somebody builds the chips loaded with nanobots that can be deployed by remote command and who's programing can be modified on the fly through any internet hotspots.

All sorts of mayhem could be caused.