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One Quarter of Germans Happy To Have Chip Implants 170 170

justice4all writes "If it means shorter lines at the supermarket, a quarter of Germans would be happy to have a chip implanted under their skin. The head of Germany's main IT trade body told the audience at the opening ceremony of the CeBIT technology exhibition that one in four of his countrymen are happy to have a microchip inserted for ID purposes."

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One Quarter of Germans Happy To Have Chip Implants

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  • by plover (150551) * on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @08:06PM (#31338284) Homepage Journal

    How did you get from "chip implant" to "track every move"? The read range for many RFID technologies is measured in centimeters, not meters. (It varies by frequency and other factors.) If tracking every move meant "place a reader in every doorknob" then maybe I'd buy your argument.

    On the flip side, are you one of the 99% of people who carries a cell phone? Not only is your every movement known already, regardless of your proximity to anything but a cell tower that could be miles away, but is instantly accessible by law enforcement (and who knows who else.) By carrying the phone, you are a willful participant in your own tracking.

    Perhaps your tin-foil hat is just a bit maladjusted.

  • Heh (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Rix (54095) on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @08:38PM (#31338724)

    That's mostly West Germans who don't want pay for rebuilding East Germany.

    Cheap Germans? That's unpossible.

  • by julesh (229690) on Wednesday March 03, 2010 @03:56AM (#31341810)

    My card has PayPass -- I just wave my card in front of the reader to pay, and a signature isn't required.

    So what happens if your card is stolen? The thief gets to empty your account without any checks to prevent it?

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