VeriChip RFID implant evil spreads to Glasgow

January 18, 2005

Spy Blog:

Both the The Observer and the The Telegraph report that a night club in Glasgow is following similar night clubs in Barcelona and Rotterdam by offering to implant VeriChip RFID chips under their loyal customers' skin.

This has many advantages for the bar or night club, by allowing them to extract money from customers who have decided that even credit cards are too bulky or inconvenient to carry, or who cannot even remember their own names whilst high on drugs or drink.

They are treating their loyal customers like animals such as cattle or pet cats or dogs, where identical technology is used.

The same hype tactics of promoting the VeriChips as a status symbol "allowing" a customer easier access to the "VIP" lounge/party/promoted event are evident in Glasgow as in the other European trials of the technology. Almost all of these VeriChip "trials" involve free or subsidised equipment and/or implants, and are publicity stunts aimed at supporting the share price of the chip manufacturer.

The bar/night club owner/promoter also benefits from the media hype and publicity that VericChip implants in humans always generates ("no such thing as bad publicity")

We agree with in condemning the attempted introduction of VeriChips into the UK. Implanting sub-dermal tracking devices in humans is wrong, and should be illegal.

VeriChips are too electronically unsophisticated to contain any encryption technology, and they can therefore be read and abused remotely by radio, using the 125KHz ISM licence free frequency band, by malicious third parties. This is not being made clear to the "customers" in Glasgow.

Unlike a bracelet or badge with an optical barcode or even an embedded RFID chip, a VeriChip involves minor surgery to implant it, and more serious surgery to remove it.

Any British doctor who performs such unethical "unecessary surgery" or mutilation, to implant VeriChips should be struck off by the General Medical Council.

Where is the approval from the UK medical authorities permitting the use of such implants in humans ?

Cross posted from Spy Blog

Posted by wtwu


And it's just a matter of time before these "trendy" nightclubs will refuse to serve anybody who isn't chipped...and then they'll make it where you'll have to be scanned before you even enter the establishment (no chip, no admittance).

Posted by: me at August 4, 2005 02:43 AM

I would not write this off as evil and ban it. Technology moves on and the kind of attitude presented here is very Luddite.
Controls should be put in place to make sure that the information (if anything useful) is protected by encryption, and it should never be mandatory to be chipped, but there are substantial benefits in having RFID always with you.
I would prefer a ring or some other piece of 'always-on' jewellery, but I might go for an implant if the benefits were relevant to me.

Posted by: Paul Jardine at August 9, 2005 02:07 AM

I find it extremely disturbing to hear what was posted above concerning 'no chip, no admittance' due to the fact this situation can be found in the Bible. (you might not enjoy scriptures from the bible but please do read this one, what do you have to lose!) Revelation 13:16-17 says 'He (the devil) also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or his forehead, so that no-one could buy or sell unless he had the mark...'
And, did you know that the newly Verichip is designed to be placed under the skin either on the HAND or the FOREHEAD because these are the only two places in the body where the temperature stays constant! Get in touch if you wish to hear more, what have you got to lose (apart from a place in paradise for all eternity)it's up to you!

Posted by: Kelvin Benjamin, Ilford at October 31, 2005 11:15 PM

If you refuse the Verichip in the last days, all you will lose it your head (the antichrist will demand that all who refuse to worship him and receive his mark be executed by being beheaded...but you'll gain eternal peace and everlasting life. Take the chip or worship the antichrist (it will be possible to refuse the mark and worship the antichrist), and you spend an eternity in torment and on fire (the Bible says that all dogs [which in this case means cowards] will be damned, so running and hiding like a coward in order to avoid taking the mark is the same as worshipping the antichrist).

Posted by: me at December 16, 2005 02:40 AM

To Mr. Benjamin: The rfid tags are not "designed" to be implanted specifically on the hand or forehead, as this is irrelevant to the functions of the chip. They are commonly implanted on the hand because these frequencies have very short ranges (around a few inches) so one can wave his hand in front of the receiver. (as opposed to waving ones forehead).
Neither the hand or forehead maintain constant temperature, but rather have some variations depending on time of day and weather conditions, just like the rest of the human body. By the way, you do have the choice to reject "the mark of satan", just dont get one implanted.

Posted by: Chapa at December 29, 2005 12:23 AM

The RFID chip does not need to be encrypted. It all depends on what database you're looking up.

If it's a medical database that pertains to a patient's medical records then the RFID would be useful only towards that database. And thus the security and encryption would lie on the database side and not the chip itself which keeps things relatively simple for the chip's purpose.

Posted by: US blogger at February 5, 2006 05:29 PM
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