But they should
also be informed of the privacy implications of having an
implant, says Ian Brown, director of the Foundation for
Information Policy Research, a UK-based think tank.
"It's not like
you can take it off when you leave the club or get home,"
says Brown. "At the very least it's going to be awkward to
As far as Chase
is concerned there are no privacy issues. The bearer has
control over what services they sign up for, he says. The
only information that can be gleaned without their consent
is the chip's unique ID number - it is completely anonymous,
But people may
object even to this, says Brown, in much the same way that
some are opposed to the use of internet cookies recording
their browsing activity.
It would be like
becoming a walking internet cookie, he says. For example,
retailers equipped with RFID scanners would be capable of
monitoring chipped shoppers visits and purchases.