Spot, your beloved pet escaped from the yard and is missing, years ago you would post lost flyers on telephone poles and put an ad in the local newspaper, today over 6 million pets have been “tagged” with a radio frequency identification chip (RFIC). Spot has one, he’s found by a stranger who brings Spot to a facility that has scanners and sure enough once scanned your address pops up and Spot is returned. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the device called VeriChip for human use. Can this be beneficial? President Obama and past Presidents think this technology would be and thus it has been included in the new health care proposal. According to the FDA “The device is intended to enable access to secure patient identification and corresponding health information in humans.”
The simplest form is the read only – which is used now in animals. There is also the read, write device that would be capable of carrying information which could be altered or expanded at a distance. Chips could be used by credit card companies to eliminate fraud. The FRIC could carry information about any criminal background. Imagine making travel arrangements, upon arrival to the airport there is no need to show ID, just get scanned, boarding the plane – no ticket is necessary just get scanned. Everything can be added to your chip. Is this safe and secure? Body of Analysis
The RFIC made by VeriChip is about the size of a grain of rice which would be implanted in the individuals arm. For medical purposes the chips are intended to be used by those individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other memory impaired diseases, by cardiac patients that have received stents or have implanted defibrillators, diabetics, and all other people who need frequent medical care such as oncology patients (WebMD). Having this device could help in emergency situations when patients are admitted to an Emergency Department. It could locate the missing. Current...
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