Chipping pets has been around for years.
Chipping people has, too, but not nearly so wide spread.
The Guardian has reported that the idea of chipping employees is being discussed by employers, and unions are expressing concern.
Alarm over talks to implant UK employees with microchips
Trades Union Congress concerned over tech being used to control and micromanage
Having chips in all employees and readers placed around the facility, in addition to being connected to IT systems for identification and authentication, could greatly benefit physical security and insider threat protection.
Of course, that same system could become an amazingly intrusive invasion of privacy.
So... would you recommend a chip program as part of the security program at a company you were advising?
Alternately, if your employer set up a voluntary chip program, would you get a chip?
Or, if your employer announced a mandatory program, would you quit?
At the end of the day we are humans and tend to do what we have been doing. Such an implant would be used to track employees and would invade privacy. Such an implant would gather data about where an employee spent time, how much time he spent at work, and much more.
An new approach may add value but has other implications so it has to be weighed appropriately.
Let's look at the appeal of having microchip implants (using Passive RFID) from an individual's perspective. A few pros are:
And then we have the cons:
Considering all this, I wouldn't volunteer to have a chip implanted in me, and if the organization mandates it, I'll want to resign...
From an employer's / organization's perspective, let's look at the factors they'd consider:
Based on the present scenario & considering the factors listed above, I wouldn't recommend implementing it at this stage...
IAM is my passion. I've matured with IAM for 25 + years as it has matured. I've done a lot of large projects for federal agencies based on IAM.
I have never thought embedded tech was the way to go. In Europe's nanny state they could be forced to go this route when the technology is more advanced but not here in the litigious U.S. of A. The ACLU and other civil liberties watchdog groups would jump all over this and tie it up in courts for years.
I concur with the logic that there would have to be readers all over the place. Small chip implants (not breasts-filter test! lol) means big readers emitting lots of energy. It's a matter of physics and energy.
I like the Yubi key. It's small, highly compatible with OpenID and also has PIV integrated with it. I think this device would reduce many security issues and not impact the privacy of the individual.
@CraginS Mandated implants? Hello job boards, Goodbye to company. A company ID that does effectively the same thing, except for can be removed at will by the employee, I would be OK with it. There used to be a joke in one of the companies I worked for that they were going to install new sensors in the bathroom areas. If the sensors realized that you had been on the toilet for too long the toilet paper dispensers would close up and the door would unlock and fling open. Someone circulated this in an email and the uproar was hilarious. People called in the union demanding that their privacy not be compromised, etc., etc. The fact that it was a joke was missed by a lot of people, but it brought up a good point. How do you manage productivity losses by unproductive employees? Not by monitoring their bathroom behaviors but by better management of the employees. I think management figured out how to do this by installing automatic lighting with motion sensors that shuts off after 10 minutes of inactivity.......
I guess you have to ask the Swedes their opinion, they are embracing it wholeheartedly:
They see the advantages, benefits - as one interview went today on New Zealand Radio, one of the advantages quotes was reducing the chance that the employee forgot their security pass!
This is going full circle - privacy, IoT we just want to chip everything!
The next step then should be to create a governing body and standardize where these chips should be placed. Not everyone has hands and hands can be dismembered through accidents or other means so I guess you got to have a head to survive.... so lets put it in our foreheads.
It must be a bad episode of Dr Who - disguise it as the "third eye" in the forehead.