VeriChip


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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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The acquisition of Steel Vault is expected to allow VeriChip to provide unique health and security identification tools to protect consumers and businesses.
My objection to the VeriChip, however, is that I don't see what is gained by placing the chip in my arm as opposed to giving me a bracelet with an RFID tag, like a medical alert bracelet.
The VeriChip can also be read by scanners on buildings to identify people coming or going.
The VeriChip is an implant the size of a rice grain manufactured by Applied Digital Solutions of Delray Beach, Fla.
As with many federal proposals--from creation of a Homeland Security department to the war on Iraq--introduction of the VeriChip is being piggybacked on the 9/11 tragedy as a way of gaining mainstream acceptance.
For now, the VeriChip will be limited to holding only a unique identification number that can be cross-referenced to Applied Digital's Global VeriChip Subscriber Registry database, set to launch on May 1, 2002.