Monday, September 03, 2007

We just had our cat implanted, but …

From the Los Angeles Times
[The California] state Senate passed legislation Thursday that would bar employers from requiring workers to have identification devices implanted under their skin.

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.

The devices, as small as a grain of rice, can be used by employers to identify workers. A scanner passing over a body part implanted with one can instantly identify the person.

"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." …

The bill has been approved by the state Assembly and now goes to the governor. …

One company, VeriChip, has been licensed by the Food and Drug Administration to sell implanted identification devices, and about 2,000 people have had them implanted, Simitian said. A representative of the firm did not return calls seeking comment Thursday., a Cincinnati video surveillance company, has required employees who work in its secure data center to have a microchip implanted in an arm.
Naturally, Republicans opposed it.
Nine senators opposed the measure, including Bob Margett (R-Arcadia), who said it is premature to legislate technology that has not yet proved to be a problem. "It sounded like it was a solution looking for a problem," Margett said. "It didn't seem like it was necessary.
I wonder if he would think it was a problem if we required everyone who ran for office as a Republican to be implanted.

Amazingly enough this bill has been in the works since 2005. I don't know its history or why it didn't pass earlier.

What seems even stranger is that I can't find any official information that describes the bill as preventing employers from requiring implants. The only thing I can find is a bill that limits how government issued IDs may be used. See

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