• Brits - Chipped Like Dogs?

    From Steve Asher@3:800/432 to All on Monday, October 30, 2006 20:55:59
    Britons 'could be microchipped like dogs in a decade'
    by DAN NEWLING Last updated at 00:11am on 30th October 2006

    Human beings may be forced to be 'microchipped' like pet dogs,
    a shocking official report into the rise of the Big Brother state
    has warned.

    The microchips - which are implanted under the skin - allow the
    wearer's movements to be tracked and store personal information
    about them.

    They could be used by companies who want to keep tabs on an employee's movements or by Governments who want a foolproof way of identifying
    their citizens - and storing information about them.

    The prospect of 'chip-citizens' - with its terrifying echoes of George
    Orwell's 'Big Brother' police state in the book 1984 - was raised in
    an official report for Britain's Information Commissioner Richard
    Thomas into the spread of surveillance technology.

    The report, drawn up by a team of respected academics, claims that
    Britain is a world-leader in the use of surveillance technology and
    its citizens the most spied-upon in the free world.

    It paints a frightening picture of what Britain might be like in ten
    years time unless steps are taken to regulate the use of CCTV and
    other spy technologies.

    The reports editors Dr David Murakami Wood, managing editor of the
    journal Surveillance and Society and Dr Kirstie Ball, an Open
    University lecturer in Organisation Studies, claim that by 2016 our
    almost every movement, purchase and communication could be monitored
    by a complex network of interlinking surveillance technologies.

    The most contentious prediction is the spread in the use of Radio
    Frequency Identification (RFID) technology.

    The RFID chips - which can be detected and read by radio waves - are
    already used in new UK passports and are also used the Oyster card
    system to access the London Transport network.


    Full article at "Daily Mail" http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/ news.html?in_article_id=413345&in_page_id=1770

    Cheers, Steve..

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