[NetBehaviour] Surveillance Company Implants Workers With RFID Chips.

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Sun Feb 19 14:41:56 CET 2006

Surveillance Company Implants Workers With RFID Chips.

by Michael Sciannamea.

You knew this was going to happen sooner or later. In what has been 
classified as the first known instance of this practice in the U.S., 
CityWatcher.com has embedded RFID chips in two employees in order to 
control access to a room where security video footage is held. The 
company provides security cameras and digital video storage services for 
government agencies and the police. The chips were implanted in the 
upper right arms of the employees and then flashed in front of a reader 
to gain access to the aforementioned room.

Of course, this practice will raise questions by some over the rights of 
employees in the workplace as well as civil liberty issues. However, 
when you're dealing with sensitive files of this sort, where people face 
conviction of serious crimes, the thought of protecting evidence and 
making sure only authorized people have access to it may supersede the 
rights of a worker.


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