Now They Want to Microchip Employees - What Next?
When Did Employees Become Like Animals?
I Will Never Have a Microchip
I heard a story the other day about how a company in Wisconsin is offering to microchip employees. That's right, this is a microchip that is inserted just the way they are sometimes into dogs and cats, for them it's usually around the collar area. This chip is inserted in your hand. Supposedly, it will let you buy snacks in the break room, log on to computers, operate office equipment like printers, and open doors.
So I guess my question is this. How lazy can someone be that they can't type a password to log into a computer? Or use a key to get in a door? Or use cash or another type of payment to pay for snacks? Seriously, you need to have a foreign object implanted into your hand to do these things?
I can't remember a topic over the last year or so that I have felt so passionately about. I will never, I mean never, be micro-chipped. End of discussion (for me at least) It's not happening. We are not owned by a company. We are not slaves, that was supposed to have been ended years ago. We are not a company's property.
According to companies that do this like the company in Sweden called Epicenter and another company in Belgium, it's to provide convenience for employees. Uh huh. What about the potential for surveillance, knowing where an employee is every second of the day? Privacy issues come up as red lights when I think of this, and I could never feel that a company is justified in asking employees to do this.
So it's easy to buy snacks. Does this mean that your bank account information is tied to this microchip? And potentially, does it mean that someone unauthorized could get access to your bank account? They claim that everything is encrypted, but we've seen how well that works every time a company is "hacked" and credit card information stolen.
The Questions That Come up for me When I think of Microchipping
I found so many questions coming up for me, and there don't really seem to be any good answers for them yet. If you know any of the answers, please feel free to comment. Here are some questions that I thought of:
- Does this microchip set off metal detectors at airports and other places?
- Does it interact with WiFi every time you step into a location that has WiFi?
- What does this mean for employee privacy?
- If you leave your job and don't have it removed, can the company continue to use it?
- What happens when you leave the company?
- How difficult is it to remove this when you leave if you want it removed?
- Who pays the cost of removal?
- Does this have an effect on the Fair Labor Standards Act?
These are just a few of the questions I have. From what I've read, companies that are offering this option are footing the cost of having the microchip implanted in workers hands. The cost is about $300. They claim that there is no GPS facet to this microchip. But knowing employers over my 30 year working career, I certainly wouldn't put it past them to add this facet in the future. Maybe I just worked for crappy companies. I never could build up trust since it always seemed so one-sided. There is no loyalty to workers any more, and more and more workers are losing loyalty towards companies.
So maybe someone can enlighten me. Why on earth would an employee voluntarily have this done? The companies doing it now say it's voluntary. What if it becomes mandatory in the future? Since I'm not too far from retirement, that's not a huge concern for me, but for my kids and grand kids... who knows what this might mean for them and their futures.
The Device Used to Implant a Microchip
Watching Videos of Microchips Being Implanted is Nauseating and Graphic
I tried to be somewhat open-minded about this topic, so I went to watch some videos that were done of people actually having microchips implanted. It is implanted into your hand, between your thumb and forefinger. Supposedly it's safe, but seriously, what about a chance of infection? They are putting a hole in your hand! Supposedly there is very little blood involved.
Being a bit squeamish anyway, I found myself flushing, feeling my skin and neck getting hot, and at the same time I was getting nauseated - and this was just from watching someone else having it done.
This is a company. That you are working for. You punch in, put in your time and get paid for your time. Why in heaven's name are you going to let them "brand" you with this technology?? Seriously. If you've had this done, maybe you can explain your reasoning to me, because I just don't get it.
I think there are a lot of risks involved with having this done, and not just physical ones. There are so many unknowns right now about where this technology could be taken in the future that it just seems like a science fiction crazy concept to me right now. What about liability? What if a person gets an infection or experiences infection from having it removed? Who is footing the bills for that? The potential liability seems like too big of a risk.
From someone who is allergic to mercury based preservatives, what if someone is allergic to something in this microchip? I think some of these questions lead to even more questions, which I don't think there are answers for yet. There are claims that these microchips are biologically safe, but are they really? Who knows what the ramifications might be years down the road. But then, I guess you could say the same thing for hazardous workplaces that expose employees to things like asbestos.
The World is not Perfect and Why Would We Trust Companies This Much?
In a perfect world, if companies were actually honest and trustworthy. Who am I kidding. I think a lot of them are so focused on the almighty dollar they would "sell their mother for money" as the saying goes. So why would I ever be so trusting as to have a microchip inserted into my hand? How do you know they're being truthful about what information they'll get from this chip? Maybe I'm just too independent and ask too many questions!
I read something about how hypothetically, medical information and data about a person's health could be obtained from this technologically. Where does this put the HIPAA laws? How do employees really know what is going to happen to this information?
For animals who cannot speak and don't always know their way home if they become lost, microchip technology makes a lot of sense. For people who are employees of a company, not so much. At least in my opinion. For those who want to have a chip inserted, go for it. But as for me, I'll pass. There are just too many questions that have not yet been answered!
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