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VeriChip Implants 222 People With RFID 306

cnet-declan writes "Anyone remember VeriChip, a company that came up with the idea of implanting chips in humans for tracking them? They've been behind ideas like RFID tagging immigrant and guest workers at the border, and they've persuaded a former Bush Health Secretary to get himself chipped. In this CNET article, we offer an update on how successful the idea has been. It turns out that, according to IPO documents, 222 people have been implanted, with sales revenue of $100,000."
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VeriChip Implants 222 People With RFID

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  • by tomstdenis ( 446163 ) < minus poet> on Wednesday February 14, 2007 @12:33PM (#18012858) Homepage
    Follow up for the curious, See equal protection under the law [] which specifically grants the rights of the constituion to any person within the jurisdiction of the states.

    So, no, the USA governement does not have the right to violate the rights of tourists.

  • Re:I'd do it (Score:5, Informative)

    by Misch ( 158807 ) on Wednesday February 14, 2007 @12:34PM (#18012874) Homepage
    IEEE recently published a series of papers on this subject:


    Paper overview (PDF) []
  • Re:Fancy that (Score:3, Informative)

    by SevenHands ( 984677 ) on Wednesday February 14, 2007 @12:47PM (#18013098)
    Kind of off topic, or maybe not. I couldn't help notice that a tracking feature is contained within the last two cell phones I've uesd. A feature called "assisted GPS" seems to mysteriously and unobtrusively be enabled by default from the factory. From what I understand, this location tracking feature is in addition to tracking one's location via cell tower triangulation.

    Scary thing about this is that the vast majority of the people I talk to do not even know this feature is available, less enabled by default.
  • by c6gunner ( 950153 ) on Wednesday February 14, 2007 @01:31PM (#18013740)
    Except for the tiny little fact that the constitution doesn't actually include those words. It's rather sad that a CANADIAN has to point this out to a US citizen, but the idea that those rights are "inaliable to all men" comes from the Declaration of Independence, and NOT the constitution. In fact, the US constitution specifically states that:

    We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

    Nowhere in there does it say anything about the constitution being intended to secure the rights of foreigners.

    It's ok though, you can rest secure in the fact that the vast majority of Americans don't actually know what the constitution says. If you keep making shit up, most people will believe you.
  • Re:Fancy that (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 14, 2007 @02:29PM (#18014440)
    Hmm. These idiots paid $500 to get a one way ticket to Hell? Wow, you really can sell anything to anyone if you market it right.

    Really, if that's what you want there are cheaper and easier ways to go about it, and can be much more fun.

Statistics are no substitute for judgement. -- Henry Clay