Corporate Compliance

Implantable microchips arouse FDA suspicions of potential privacy threats

Compliance Monitor, September 14, 2005

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently pondering the privacy implications of new products that rely on radio frequency identification technology, reports the Washington Post.

The FDA is concerned that having medical and identification information under your skin could open the door to invasions of privacy if unauthorized individuals scanned or accessed your information, says the Post.

VeriChip, a company specializing in the tiny tracking devices that slip under the skin on the recipient's arm, designed similar chips to identify animals. The company now has one approved for human use. Several people have already had the device inserted, including the Mexican Attorney General, reports the online news outlet News.Com.

Source: Briefings on HIPAA

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