Will People Be Burried With It?

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The Food and Drug Administration has cleared the way for a Florida company to market implantable chips that would provide easy access to individual medical records . . . "We haven't even sorted out the appropriateness of a RFID tag that goes on a pallet of tomatoes," Mr. Crews said, "much less one that can go under a person's skin."

"Identity Badge Worn Under Skin Approved for Use in Health Care," The New York Times, October 14, 2004.

Clyde Wayne Crews Jr. is the director of technology studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a regulatory research group in Washington.

Will people be burried with it? Will future archaeologists and anthropologists be able to use it? Will it be used to track the outcast and the unwanted? How much harder will it become to deal with cases of identity theft and masquerading in the implants' security and identity "applications"?

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