Chipping Away at Privacy? The Risks - and - Rewards of Implanting Microchips in People

New America: Context (April 20, 2017).

3 Pages Posted: 16 May 2017

See all articles by Jessica Zhanna Malekos Smith

Jessica Zhanna Malekos Smith

Duke Law School; Kings College London, Department of War Studies, Students

Date Written: April 20, 2017

Abstract

An icy sense of dread suddenly grips you, as you frantically search your pockets. Not again! At some point or another, each of us has endured the humbling experience of misplacing an office key, swipe card, or fob. But for many of the 2,000 employees at Epicenter, an innovative Swedish startup company, this scenario could become a worry of the past.

At Epicenter, employees can now receive a new type of business key — a microchip implanted in between one’s thumb and index finger, according to a recently released Associated Press report. Since January 2015, 150 Epicenter employees have elected to be microchipped at ‘microchipping parties,’ using syringe injections of microchips that are roughly the size of a grain of rice. According to the AP, this technology is dual-programmed to operate as a swipe key and credit card that can ‘open doors, operate printers, or buy smoothies with a wave of the hand.’ Although simply waving one’s hand to pay for a smoothie is appealing, is this convenience worth the security risks to our personal and financial information?

Keywords: privacy, data security, fourth amendment, law, technology, cyber, microchip, cyber security

Suggested Citation

Malekos Smith, Jessica Zhanna, Chipping Away at Privacy? The Risks - and - Rewards of Implanting Microchips in People (April 20, 2017). New America: Context (April 20, 2017).. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2968107

Jessica Zhanna Malekos Smith (Contact Author)

Duke Law School ( email )

210 Science Drive
Durham, NC 27708-0204
United States

Kings College London, Department of War Studies, Students ( email )

King's College London, Strand
London, WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom

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