Tuesday, January 15, 2008

"To Be Chipped Like Dogs"

Thanks to Media Monarchy for the link.
"Prisoners to be Chipped Like Dogs"

The UK is planning to implant "machine-readable" microchips under the skin of thousands of offenders as part of an expansion of the electronic tagging scheme that would create more space in British jails.


. . . The tags, injected into the back of the arm with a hypodermic needle, consist of a toughened glass capsule holding a computer chip, a copper antenna and a "capacitor" that transmits data stored on the chip when prompted by an electromagnetic reader.


But details of the dramatic option for tightening controls over Britain's criminals provoked an angry response from probation officers and civil-rights groups. Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, said: "If the Home Office doesn't understand why implanting a chip in someone is worse than an ankle bracelet, they don't need a human-rights lawyer; they need a common-sense bypass."


. . . One company plans deeper implants that could vibrate, electroshock the implantee, broadcast a message, or serve as a microphone to transmit conversations. "Some folks might foolishly discount all of these downsides and futuristic nightmares since the tagging is proposed for criminals like rapists and murderers," consumer privacy expert Liz McIntyre said. "The rest of us could be next."
[Click here for the full story from The Independent]

[Click here for separate Washington Post article, "Chip Implants Linked to Animal Tumors"]

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