Britain’s biggest employer organisation and main trade union body have sounded the alarm over the chilling prospect of British companies implanting staff with microchips under the guise of improving security.
UK firm BioTeq, which offers the implants to businesses and individuals, has already fitted 150 implants in the UK.
The tiny chips, implanted in the flesh between the thumb and forefinger, are similar to those for pets. They enable people to open their front door, access their office or start their car with a wave of their hand, and can also store medical data.
Another company, Biohax of Sweden, also provides human chip implants the size of a grain of rice. It told the Sunday Telegraph that it is in discussions with several British legal and financial firms about fitting their employees with microchips, including one major company with hundreds of thousands of employees.
The CBI, which represents 190,000 UK businesses, voiced concerns about the prospect.
A CBI spokesperson said: “While technology is changing the way we work, this makes for distinctly uncomfortable reading. Firms should be concentrating on rather more immediate priorities and focusing on engaging their employees.”
The TUC is worried that staff could be coerced into being microchipped. Its general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “We know workers are already concerned that some employers are using tech to control and micromanage, whittling away their staff’s right to privacy.
“Microchipping would give bosses even more power and control over their workers. There are obvious risks involved, and employers must not brush them aside, or pressure staff into being chipped.”
Steven Northam, the founder and owner of Hampshire-based BioTeq, told the Guardian that most of its 150 implants have been for individuals, while some financial and engineering firms have also had the chips implanted in their staff.’
This is the next step towards a ‘Big Brother’ world.
Being chipped would allow your employer to track your movements while on corporate premises. Where, though, is the guarantee that the tracking will be confined to corporate premises?
This would be the thin edge of the wedge – these chips would likely be touted by the government for security/terrorist reasons or supposedly making your life easier. This way way the government can check on where people are, or who they are consorting with, etc.
Do you remember all those old 1970/80s movies that people watched, then laughed at because they were so far fetched? I bet they are not laughing now.
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