The owners of some of the UK’s largest organisations are thinking of embedding their staff with microchips.
UK firm BioTeq, which offers the implants to businesses and individuals, has already fitted 150 implants in the UK. Several companies in the UK are in discussions with a Swedish company, Biohax, who are in charge of micro-chipping approx. 4000 people in Scandinavia. Biohax states 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 chips are about the size of a rice grain and use radio identification technology (RFID) and enable individuals to replace ID cards, cash and even train tickets. The small chips are placed under the skin in between the index finger and thumb and inserted and extracted much like you would a splinter, similar to those for pets, and cost between £70 and £260 per person.
Concerns Related to Implant of Microchips
The possibility of UK organisations micro-chipping their staff has caused alarm amongst politicians and union leaders. Company owners might consider it an innovation, but government officials think that it is ethically wrong. The Trade Union Congress are concerned that staff could be pressured into becoming micro-chipped, which would give much more power and control to their employer, whilst giving away employees rights to privacy. Accountancy firms KPMG, EY and PwC commented stating they would not consider micro-chipping their employees.
How Microchips Can Be Useful?
Imagine entering a room where you and all your colleagues are micro-chipped. Your smartphone connects with each one of the microchips of your colleagues within seconds. On the screen, you can see everyone’s identity, their job title and duties, work metrics, their performance stats etc. You will be able to get all the information that you need immediately and vice versa. You would know the right person to share project details with, and because you know how they like to connect, you could manage communication that suits their correspondence style.
No Need to Panic…Yet!
As of now, there is really no need to worry about getting micro-chipped by your employer. Companies currently cannot force their employees to be micro-chipped and until there is adequate legislation and protection in place, microchips have a long way to go before they become an everyday occurrence in the work place.
There is always some excitement and fear when new technology is introduced in to the market. Micro-chipping is the same. However, some say the benefits outweigh its drawbacks, and we should greet the future wholeheartedly, micro chipped of course.