This Associated Press report will hopefully give people another reason to think twice about VeriChip subcutaneous implantable radio frequency identification chips.
These are electronically too simple (no encrypted handshakes etc. whatsoever) to provide the sort of "security" in human systems which the proponents of these "mark of the beast" chips have been hyping for several years. They can be used and abused to invade people's privacy, in any mass deployment, yet are insecure enough to be faked and spoofed when incorrectly used to attempt to provide "security" e.g. the astonishing idea of linking these chips to automatic credit card payment debits..
Chip Implants Linked to Animal Tumors
By TODD LEWAN – 14 hours ago
When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved implanting microchips in humans, the manufacturer said it would save lives, letting doctors scan the tiny transponders to access patients' medical records almost instantly. The FDA found "reasonable assurance" the device was safe, and a sub-agency even called it one of 2005's top "innovative technologies."
But neither the company nor the regulators publicly mentioned this: A series of veterinary and toxicology studies, dating to the mid-1990s, stated that chip implants had "induced" malignant tumors in some lab mice and rats.
Leading cancer specialists reviewed the research for The Associated Press and, while cautioning that animal test results do not necessarily apply to humans, said the findings troubled them. Some said they would not allow family members to receive implants, and all urged further research before the glass-encased transponders are widely implanted in people.
See SpyChips.com who have been campaigning against the risks and abuses of some but not all, RFID technology implementations, which have put profit ahead of public privacy etc.