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2 Author(s)
Kenneth R. Foster ; Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia, PA ; Jan Jaeger

The benefits of an implantable RFID chip, which is durable and about the size of a grain of rice, can hold or link to information about the identity, physiological characteristics, health, nationality, and security clearances of the person it's embedded in. However, the erosion of our privacy and our right to bodily integrity might be a problem. This paper also talks about a tag called Verichip, a short-range transponder that relies on the signal from a reader unit for its power supply. It's main use is as a means of identifying patients who might be unable to communicate with caregivers and of accessing their medical records, could clearly be lifesaving in emergency situations. This paper discusses why implanting humans with RFID tags is leading to some difficult questions

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IEEE Spectrum  (Volume:44 ,  Issue: 3 )