Chip Enabled Access

Recently in the news, there have stories about companies asking employees to implant microchips replace cards and key passes.

Wow! I did not expect this day to come in my lifetime. Maybe I am a bit naive, but this seems a little too far. While these are “passive devices” meaning they only contain data that another device can read. They themselves cannot read or receive information. How long until that changes and what guarantees or safeguards are there in place to ensure this does not happen.

I do not want to be an alarmist, but something about this does not sit well with me. You could say it is really no different than it is today. The company already tracks my coming and going and how many copies I make. But there is a subtle difference.

The passcard or key is in my wallet or pocket and not permanently attached to me. This may seem insignificant at first, but I think there is more to it. What happens when you leave the company? Is the device removed or “disabled”? What about privacy or consent? Can a company now refuse to hire you if you don’t consent to the implant?

I think there are far too many questions here that make me uneasy or even want to consider this an option. Maybe as the technology becomes more and more prevalent I will be more accepting, but I highly doubt it. I see it as never being disconnected from work. Far too many questions and far too little answers.

Or maybe I’m just paranoid.