Friday, April 25, 2008

California proves me wrong... thank god

So I've continued to read about these RFID chips since my group's presentation on Monday. After some more recreational research, it turns out I was wrong about there being no legislation on RFID technology. California seems to have stepped up once again before anyone else. I came across a story that was aired on NPR about RFIDs and a new law in California. Just visit http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=17762244 and then click "Listen Now" at the top of the page to listen to the story if you're interested.

A new California law, effective since January 1st of this year, says it is illegal to force someone to have an RFID chip implanted in their body. This is a pretty straight-forward law and it seems to solve a lot of the ethical issues connected with these implantable RFID chips. It was a little upsetting to see I totally missed this before our presentation, however the significance of the law has put a lot more worries to rest.

If other states follow California's example on this matter I think it would put a lot of minds at ease over these sub-dermal RFID chips. Because the implications of implantable chips are probably the scariest, I would not be surprised to see other states, or event he country, passing similar legislation. The implications of RFIDs for other employment uses, such as ID cards and products, are a little more vague and probably more difficult to set legal rules and standards for. In the end, we may avoid the worst-case sci-fi scenarios regarding these chips. However, there is still a whole sea of murky water that we are just stepping into.

Now to start my next Google search: California jobs for soon-to-be graduates

1 Comments:

Blogger nschutz said...

Thank you for the posting the Blog. California among many things - is on top of it. Like you said, thank god.

10:11 AM  

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