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7/31/07-CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.

ID Chip Implants in Humans

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - With surveillance cameras and increased security just about everywhere you go, there's high tech equipment used just about everywhere.

Some recent reports surfaced about a surveillence equipment company implanting microchips in two of its employees.

This brings up some serious issues about personal privacy.

A lot of pet owners rely on tiny microchips implanted in their animals to help find them if they get lost or stolen.

"I thought better safe than sorry," said Jennifer Kellis. "I didn't want to invest a lot of money, and it's a good way to find them if they run away."

Putting the tracking device in animals is one thing, but what about implanting the chips in your body?

"Nothing in my body," Kellis said. "I wouldn't mind being tracked by cell phones or my car, because those things are already being done now.  It's helpful with a teenager, or if you have a relative with Alzheimer's or something, but otherwise not inside me."

Of course the issue raises all kinds of ethical concerns.

"It's pretty scary to some people,"  said Dr. Hamner Hill, Chairman of the Department of Political Science, Philosophy, and Religion. "They want to know what business is it of the government or their employer to know where I am constantly."

For now, the RFID chips work with a very short range because they use radio frequencies.  Of course, new advancements in technology, could change all that in the future.

By: Wes Wallace

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