VeriChip is a miniaturized radio frequency identification device (RFID) that can be used in a variety of security, financial, emergency identification and healthcare applications. About the size of a grain of rice, each VeriChip product contains a unique verification number and will be available in several formats, some of which will be insertable under the skin. The verification number is captured by briefly passing a proprietary scanner over the VeriChip. A small amount of radio frequency energy passes from the scanner energizing the dormant VeriChip, which then emits a radio frequency signal transmitting the verification number.
think of the wonderful possibilities! you can have your entire medical, credit, education, employment, legal, and any other history, available to anyone with a scanner, instantly! never have to worry about losing that ATM card again, eh? and speaking of cards, wouldn’t this make a great national ID card? “present your chip for scanning, citizen”.
look. i’m sure this thing has valid uses. but if it comes into any widespread use, the concept of privacy will cease to exist, entirely. history. gone. *poof* like that.