‘Talks’ about implanting UK employees with microchips creates alarm

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Britain’s biggest employer organisation and main trade union body have sounded the alarm over the prospect of British companies implanting staff with microchips to improve security, writes Julia Kollewe in The Guardian. Published on November 11, 2018.

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Comment by Osho News: What created prophetic headlines such as “Britons ‘could be microchipped like dogs in a decade'” as published by The Evening Standard on October 30, 2006, has come to pass. Although any keen newsreader has been aware of Big Brother scenarios evolving for years, it is still a shock to have the prospect of being microchipped by force, if you will, around the corner.

Will humanity take this with the same indifference, complacency, and listlessness that is being displayed in regard to so many of the current displays of control and fearmongering, or…?

Microchip implants

UK firm BioTeq, which offers the implants to businesses and individuals, has already fitted 150 implants in the UK.

The tiny chips, implanted in the flesh between the thumb and forefinger, are similar to those for pets. They enable people to open their front door, access their office or start their car with a wave of their hand, and can also store medical data.

Another company, Biohax of Sweden, also provides human chip implants the size of a grain of rice. It told the Sunday Telegraph that it is in discussions with several British legal and financial firms about fitting their employees with microchips, including one major company with hundreds of thousands of employees.

The CBI, which represents 190,000 UK businesses, voiced concerns about the prospect.

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 TUC is worried that staff could be coerced into being microchipped. Its general secretary Frances O’Grady 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.”

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