Saturday, August 12, 2017

Microchip Implant- Yay or Nay?

Picture this.  It's 2067 and you're out in your self-driving car in the city.  Suddenly, you see red lights flashing in the rear view mirrors and you pull over.  A cop approaches and informs you that your vehicle license plate sticker is expired.  But not only that, he asks you to stick your hand out to get your microchip implant scanned.   This is so he can get all the up-to-date information on you that is readily available through the microchip implant.  

Does this alarm you at all?  Anyone?  What's alarming is that personal rights are being violated here. The microchip implant can be used as a tracking device and serves as a personal identification marker.  Also, it contains firsthand activity information and transactions that have been processed. This is all available at the swipe of a scanner that invades the privacy of individuals.

Privacy rights are outlined in the U.S. Constitution.  In Amendment IV Searches and Seizures, it is unlawful to be searched without a warrant for any incriminating evidence or information.  The idea that an individual can be scanned for incriminating information without a warrant or probable cause is an outrage.  It is a violation of basic human privacy rights.  The right to not be under constant surveillance and have personal information publicly known.  What may not be publicly known is that microchip implants have caused fibrosarcoma within dogs and cats.

There are several cases found on that have detailed incident reports of fibrosarcoma developing within cats and dogs that have the microchip implant.  According to, fibrosarcoma is a malignant cancerous tumor that sprouts from fibroblasts (cells that produce connective tissue).  They are located near bones and in soft tissue.  The fact that microchip implants cause cancer in animals should be a deterrent in using them at all.  However, the convenience of using the microchip implants is winning some over to the idea that they should be widely utilized.

Microchip implants are convenient and provide a sense of security.  Transactions are made in a secure manner without fraud being an issue.  The microchip won't get lost like a credit or debit card will since it's in your own hand.  Microchip implant transactions eventually cost less over time and end up covering the fee of a mere $150-200 to have the microchip implant surgically placed in the hand. The microchip implant is cost effective and allows ease of access to opening doors, clocking in at work, and paying for items at stores.  The device can contain more than just a history of point of sales purchases.  It also can provide medical information to anyone who scans the device.

Doctors, EMT, and nurses have access to medical information through the microchip implant.  Issues of privacy based on HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) laws come into question.  Then there's the issue if the device is even safe to use at all.  

Dogs and cats with the microchip implant are diagnosed with fibrosarcoma and that alone should raise eyebrows.  In addition, personal information and privacy are greatly compromised.  The question then is how far do we want to go to be tech savvy?  To the point we undermine our own health and well-being?  I'll leave that implanted in your brains as food for thought.

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