Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Chip maker supports Pennsylvania bill to ban forced implantation

HealthCareNews

Note: This comes from my friend "Mike" I asked him once what kind of work he was involved with? He told me that "He would tell me"...but then he would have to........I think you get the point...JDL

HARRISBURG, PA – The VeriChip Corporation, a Delray Beach, Fla.-based provider of radio frequency identification (RFID) systems for healthcare, is supporting a Pennsylvania bill that would ban the forced implantation of identification devices in people. The bill, introduced by Democratic State Rep. Babette Josephs, was unanimously passed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on June 24 and will go to the Senate for consideration.

The chairwoman of the House State Government Committee, Josephs said implanting identification devices is part of a larger issue with the increasing number of technologies that can identify a person's personal information or location, including GPS, cell-site location and public surveillance.

"It's already happening," she said. "A private company in Florida is testing the safety of its microchip in 200 Alzheimer's patients. With all of these concerns, I believe informed consent is paramount for anyone considering having an ID implanted on or under their skin."

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