A number of companies in the United Kingdom are consulting with a firm that manufactures and implants microchips into people.
Biohax, a Swedish company that provides human chip implants, told the Telegraph it was in talks with a number of UK firms to implant staff with the devices. The report says one large company currently in talks has hundreds of thousands of members of staff.
This is starting to make Orwell’s 1984 look pretty tame. I don’t know about you, but the idea of my boss being able to track me outside of work isn’t a pleasant one.
These microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and normally implanted under the skin between the thumb and forefinger, according to The Guardian. The chips can store information such as medical data, or be used as a key pass to open doors and allow some employees access to restricted areas while keeping unauthorised personnel out.
Biohax founder, Jowan Österlund told the Telegraph:
“THE CHIPS WOULD ALLOW THEM TO SET RESTRICTIONS FOR WHOEVER, THESE COMPANIES HAVE SENSITIVE DOCUMENTS THEY ARE DEALING WITH. THERE’S NO LOSING IT, THERE’S NO DROPPING IT, THERE’S NO FORGETTING IT. THERE’S ALWAYS GOING TO BE AN ULTIMATE BACKUP.”
The Confederation of British Industry, which represents 200,000 UK businesses, has responded to the report calling it ‘uncomfortable reading’.
A CBI SPOKESPERSON SAID “WHILE TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING THE WAY WE WORK, THIS MAKES FOR DISTINCTLY UNCOMFORTABLE READING. FIRMS SHOULD BE CONCENTRATING ON RATHER MORE IMMEDIATE PRIORITIES AND FOCUSING ON ENGAGING THEIR EMPLOYEES.”
The general secretary of the Trade Union Congress, Frances O’Grady, also expressed her concerns over employers microchipping staff.
SHE SAID: “WE KNOW WORKERS ARE ALREADY CONCERNED THAT SOME EMPLOYERS ARE USING TECH TO CONTROL AND MICROMANAGE, WHITTLING AWAY THEIR STAFF’S RIGHT TO PRIVACY. “MICROCHIPPING WOULD GIVE BOSSES EVEN MORE POWER AND CONTROL OVER THEIR WORKERS. THERE ARE OBVIOUS RISKS INVOLVED, AND EMPLOYERS MUST NOT BRUSH THEM ASIDE, OR PRESSURE STAFF INTO BEING CHIPPED.”
Looks like those tin foil hat conspiracy theorists get some things right after all.