Needed: A No-Forced-Chipping Law
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, September 15, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Since microchips are here to stay, here’s a little history. In 1997 four inventors got a patent for a “personal tracking and recovery system” that was, actually, an implantable microchip that functioned for years without maintenance. In 1998 Professor Kevin Warwick became the first human to have an under-skin microchip implant, which he used as a research project in “intelligent” buildings where he opened doors without a smart card and turned on lights by entering a room. After having the implant in his hand for nine days, he decided future implants should be placed nearer the brain – into the spinal cord or onto the optic nerve, for more power to send and receive sensory signals.
In 2002 a Canadian artist implanted her hands with microchips from a veterinary clinic. Two years later, a Minnesota corporation got an FDA approval and classification for a miniature, implantable microchip to be inserted in a human’s arm under the skin. The VeriChip brand of microchips stores a patient’s unique ID number that medical personnel may use to locate the patient’s file.
So, VeriChip became a by-prescription-only Class II medical device for use in humans, as did generic devices that operate the same way. That classification authorized immediate marketing of VeriChip and generic equivalents for under-skin implantation in humans. Continue reading