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VeriChip

A tiny, glass-encased RFID chip from PositiveID Corporation, Delray Beach, FL (www.positiveidcorp.com) that is injected with a special syringe under a person's skin in an outpatient procedure. When scanned, the unique ID number in the RFID chip is used to link to an identification database for security purposes or for medical information. In 2004, the VeriChip was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Very Controversial
A counterpart HomeAgain chip from the company was also used for animals, but studies showed that some of them developed cancer around the implant. In addition, citing biblical Scripture (Revelation 13:16-18), people voiced extreme opposition to "chipping" humans.

What Happened?
Originally developed by a division of Digital Angel Corporation, the company merged with PositiveID Corporation in 2010. In 2011, VeriChip was sold to VeriTeQ Acquisition, owned by PositiveID's CEO, who had recently stepped down. In 2012, VeriTeQ merged with Connectyx Technologies, which offers the MedFlash health records system. MedFlash uses ID cards with QR codes and USB drives for identification, and RFID implants are not mentioned on the Connectyx website. See RFID and microchip implant.
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Lamberg, "Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Verichip RFID Human Implant at 1.5 Tesla," 2006, http://www.rfidjournal .com/.
The acquisition of Steel Vault is expected to allow VeriChip to provide unique health and security identification tools to protect consumers and businesses.
Following the recently signed stimulus package, which will invest nearly $79 billion in renewable energy, VeriChip said now intends to invest in clean and alternative sources of energy to complement its existing healthcare initiatives.
VeriChip says the device is a passive one that doesn't track anyone, but privacy advocates wonder: Who will have access to personal health records?
The VeriChip then allows clubbers to pay for drinks by waving their arm across the counter.
These chips from VeriChip Corporation, a subsidiary of Applied Digital Solutions Incorporated can hold personal health information, personal credit card and banking information, special codes or passwords, or indeed any information about the individual.
In 2004, VeriChip received permission from the Food and Drug Administration to begin implanting RFID chips in humans.
Even a firearms company is considering using VeriChip technology to make a gun unusable unless it's in the hand of someone implanted with a VeriChip microchip.
Applied Digital is the owner of VeriChip, the company that specializes in making implantable radio frequency identification chips (RFID) for both people and pets.