“Would you barcode your baby?” These were the first words in the article I started to read as I drank my coffee this morning. My first thought…”WHAT? Oh jeez, here we go again with human ID implants.” But what if you had no choice? This topic seems to hit the news occasionally and most of us have heard about the concept of ‘ID’ tags, marks, or implants that could be used for identification, financial transactions and maybe even monitor where you are and what you are doing. Really?!?! This sort of thing gets me so angry as it is a direct violation of our right to privacy. Little by little our rights are being taken away or the government is trying to take them away.
During a recent interview on a BBC radio program, an author said, “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 claims she feels the permanent ID would be better than existing tools for surveillance and identification, and would save a lot of time and money as the costs of DNA testing are expensive.
Now, I realize that we are already using similar microchip implants on our pets, but this is still a decision that is up to you, the individual. It’s not mandatory.
There are already 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. Chalk up one victory for our privacy rights!
But the fact that these barcode huggers continue to push for, and want it on every person is ridiculous! They use reasoning such as the electronic ID verification could help parents or caregivers keep track of children or the elderly. Seriously!?! The elderly with dementia are already tracked in their nursing homes with electronic bracelets. And what has happened that it has become so difficult to keep track of your child, that you need to have a microchip implanted?
In my personal opinion, I say, People…don’t take it! When you read something like this, get out there to your friends and family and vocalize your opinion. Start discussions with people about this topic and other topics you are passionate about, and make them aware. I am sure that many people out there have no idea what’s going on in their world and the changes that are being proposed or implemented. But perhaps, when they realize their ‘rights’ are being attacked or taken away, they might stand up and give a sh!t.