Originally posted by rival
What's the downside to having a personally implanted RFID chip?
It seems to me there would be much benefit.
No need to carry ID
No need to know your medical history or provide the history every time you are sick
An implanted device could hold all your banking needs...no need to carry much cash.
If a person went missing and the device was equipped with GPS they could be found quickly
School transcripts, college transcripts, work history....all of this could be stored making
the hiring process when looking for a job much easier.
Criminals could be tracked, fake alibis exposed, and criminals could even be placed
at the scene of a crime by the information stored on their chip...
So what's the downside?
edit on 12-11-2012 by rival because: (no reason given)
No need to carry ID - Correct! And now anyone with a simple near field communication device can find out exactly who you are, where you live, and any
sort of information generally deemed private!
Medical records - Correct again! Now, let's say you have a simple allergy, peanuts, for example. This same nefarious person with a scanner can find
that out about you, and do all sorts of nefarious person things! Extort money from you with peanuts? Why not? The sky is the limit when you have a
hard weakness (allergy, etc).
Money - Hey no problem! I'll just scan you while walking past in the crowd and empty your savings into my offshore account. Kthanx!
GPS - Yep! Just think about those times you want to be alone, or let's say you and 40 others fit the bill for a wanted criminal... FOUND YOU! You
get to be hauled in to your local PD and treated like a criminal, just because you look like a guy that did something wrong. Well, you and 40 other
dudes that all have brown hair, brown eyes, and are approximately 5'10 with a light complexion.
Work History - That doesn't even make sense. I've been through a few fortune 50 companies HR processes, and several more mom and pop processes, and
neither has taken long. If you're looking at it through the eyes of the HR processor, trying to make their "On-boarding" of new workers easier, I
could see the positives. Then again, the other side to that coin is that I now know where you went, when you graduated, what you studied, where
you've worked, how much money you were paid, how many days you didn't show up for work, all of your reviews (good and bad) and I can create a
complete living profile on you. How bad is that? Have you ever been harassed?
I will stop there.
I'm a normal person. I'm not a criminal. I don't have the time to really think these things out, but just think, if the technology is out there to
scan you legitimately, then it is also out there to scan you illegitimately. Having all of your personal information (what sets you apart from me) in
one place, scanned in seconds, and used against you for the rest of your life is a terrible idea.
Give the real criminals some time, and I'm sure they could lay it out better than I can.