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What Do You Think About a Human Barcode?

We put tracking devices in our phones, our cars, our pets — what about our kids or even ourselves?

The New York Daily Mail reported recently on the controversial subject of putting a human barcode on infants at birth.

This came up after science fiction author Elizabeth Moon raised the issue on a BBC radio program. Moon is reported to have said she thinks every individual should have a unique ID permanently attached, such as an implanted chip, to provide an easy and inexpensive way to identify individuals. In her opinion, it would save money and be more efficient than current ways of tracking people.

While it might help in the case of abductions, runaways or an elderly person who suffers from dementia, the big question is — would it violate our right to privacy? An implantable ID chip, the VeriChip, was reportedly approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about 10 years ago, but was discontinued two years ago because of privacy concerns. However, it is reported that work continues on this idea in the scientific community.

So what do you think? Do the potential benefits outweigh the infringements on privacy? Would you microchip your baby?

Brian Crawford June 05, 2012 at 02:24 PM
This seems like an insanely bad idea to me.
Abelardo Casillas June 05, 2012 at 04:57 PM
I survived the 1985 earthquake in Mexico City; my sister was kidnapped and was found 16 years latter, could you imagine how many lives could have been saved in 1985? Or how fast authorities could have found my sister without any emotional scars?
Sharon Swanepoel June 05, 2012 at 06:50 PM
I definitely do see the benefits in cases like that Abelardo. It's one I really do sit on the fence about. I think it should be voluntary - but how long would it stay that way. That's the big question.
Tammy Osier June 06, 2012 at 04:02 AM
The book of Revelation says that the "mark" will be either on your forehead or hand. I've heard of chips being implanted beneath your skin. It would be easy to scan if so. Can't see how SS# would affect you unless it went on to fulfill the entire passage of scripture by means of identification. There are always forerunners to the real thing throughout history. So, it is a bit big brother-ish (and prophetic) to me.
Gail Lane June 06, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Rather than any Apocalyptic thoughts, I keep seeing visions of Logan's Run and Soylent Green.

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