Chip Implant

Tracking Employees With Chips

Concerns that big business would be putting chips in employees to track them was once the domain of those for whom a tinfoil hat was a must-have fashion accessory. No more. The Associated Press reports that Swedish start-up hub Epicenter is offering to implant its workers with a chip the size of a grain of rice that can be used to open doors, operate printers, or buy food. The implants use near-field communications, the same technology used in smartphones to authorize credit card payments. Ben Libberton, a microbiologist at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute, is worried that as implanted chip use expands, hackers could “get data about your health, you could get data about your whereabouts, how often you’re working, how long you’re working, if you’re taking toilet breaks and things like that.” —AK

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