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RFID tags for prisoners

Archive was added by • Jun 20th, 2010 • Category: RFID Tags News

RFID tags for prisoners

How do you think about government considering implanting prisoners with RFID tags containing data on identity, address and criminal record. The RFID tags, about the size of two grains of rice, would be injected under the skin and could be scanned by a reader.

Some government wanted to take advantage of this technology for several years because it seems a sensible solution to the problems we are facing in this area. They have looked at it and gone back to it and worried about the practicalities and the ethics. But, when you look at the challenges facing the criminal justice system, its time has come. The RFID proposals are designed to address problems with the existing tagging system which uses a transmitter strapped to the ankle. Over 2,000 of the 17,000 offenders fitted with the ankle tags have escaped by tampering with, or simply cutting off, the device. Curfew breaches for the past two years are up 283 per cent, and further development of the system has been halted until these problems can be sorted out. Once fingerprinting was only for criminals and those who held high security clearances. Now that biometric is being used in elementary schools so they can take attendance on buses and keep track of lunch money accounts.

Implanting RFID chips was once touted as a way to retrieve the lost family pet and to keep track of Alzheimer’s patients who wandered away. Now they want to implant prisoners. The next step will inevitably be implantation in the general public for the “convenience and security” of not having to remember all your passwords and PINs (work, ATM, email, credit card, etc.) and to have your medical records with you at all times. The permanent tracking of individuals would be touted as a breakthrough for Homeland Security!

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