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RFID - Pros and Cons

Updated on February 21, 2014

RFID - Pros

The technology used in RFID has been around since the early 1920s. Similar technology, such as the IFF transponder invented by the United Kingdom in 1939, was routinely used by the allies in World War II to identify aircraft as friend or foe.

Transponders are still used by the military and commercial aircraft to this day.

RFID tags come in three general varieties:- passive, active, or semi-passive (also known as battery-assisted). Passive tags require no internal power source, thus being pure passive devices (they are only active when a reader is nearby to power them), whereas semi-passive and active tags require a power source, usually a small battery.

There are three different kinds of RFID tags based on their attachment with identified objects, attachable, implantable and insertion tags . In addition to these conventional RFID tags, Eastman Kodak Company has filed two patent applications for monitoring ingestion of medicine based on a digestible RFID tag.

RFID tags have various use:

  • Passports
  • Transport payment detectors
  • Product tracking
  • Animal tracking
  • Inventory control
  • Human implant

Ready For Your Implant?

RFID implants, like it or not, seems to be more of a reality with each passing day. Child abductions and key political kidnappings top the list of reasons politicians site as justification for these implants.

There's also talk about tracking prison inmates and parolees; implants are an efficient means of tracking their whereabouts.

Casinos already have face and eye recognition software that scans all traffic for people who were black listed. The only place it's illegal to have cameras is in the restrooms - at this point anyway.

Lets look at some of the reasons there is resistance to implanting RFID devices in humans.

RFID - Cons

One problem that exists is RFID standardization.

The frequencies used for RFID in the USA are currently incompatible with those of Europe or Japan. Furthermore, no emerging standard has yet become as universal as the bar-code.

Another concern surrounding the RFID technology is the illicit tracking. Tags which are world-readable pose a risk to both personal location privacy and corporate/military security.

Here's further concerns to think about:

Privacy - concerns about traceability, spending habits, financial information, medical data, how many sodas you drink - the possibilities are endless.

Population Tracking - where you vacation, how long you sleep, shopping habits, no secret getaways

Biblical Prophecy - mark of the beast, 666, eternal damnation, A passage in Revelation describes a vision in which "a foul and loathsome sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image."

Complications Involving Human Implants

The U.S. FDA approved the first RFID chips implanted into humans in October, 2004. The FDA warns of the following potential complications from implanting RFID chips into humans:

  • Adverse tissue reaction

  • Migration of the implanted transponder

  • Failure of implanted transponder

  • Electrical hazards

  • Possible incompatibility with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Now that you have both sides of the story, what do you think?

Even thought we're in the early stages of RFID tagging, you have to wonder what the long term implications will be. The initial objective for using RFID chips seems to focus around manufacturing, supply chain management.

We are in the midst of a technological tidal wave, one that has made life more exciting and more convenient in many ways. But, power and corruption always seem to enter the equation and this is what we must fear.

Many people already benefit from life saving medical implants and some of the initial reasons for using RFID chips seem valid, but we still must be a little skeptical when it comes to evil motives...what do you think?


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      A1911fan 5 years ago

      My concerns: 1. RFID can migrate, 2. may cause a burn or explode in MRI, 3. May cause tissue irritation or act as nidus for infection, 4. Will Congress all get one? (What would Monica's and Bill's -forget it.) Will Barak Obama get one? Can they be scanned illegally by identity thieves? Can a hellfire missile be targeted on one of our boy, in Iraq? Will bank account, medical info, voting record, etc be on it. Mostly, are we cattle that Master can tag as he wishes?

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      nukeboy666 5 years ago

      a few years ago a friend of mine programmed rdif chips and inpanted them into his staff at a piercing shop, the rdif was programmed to unlock doors which had the readers installed inside the walls, each rdif had different pin codes and each reader would only accept pin codes that were stored in its memory, the applications for implated rdif is outstanding.

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      rb77 6 years ago from Las Vegas

      Mary, that's terrible. I'm afraid the way technology is these days you could go to have a tooth filled and find out you have been chipped. The system we now live in is control happy, the rfid chip is just another way for big brother to keep track of us.

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      mary 6 years ago

      I was chipped without my permission, during a surgical procedure. I now have out of control cell problems, computer problems, phone and tv problems, banking, etc. Doctors. Do not want to touch the broken equipment in me. I have medical records that do not match up and some that are missing.. no person should ever be chipped. GOD help you if it is done to you unehthically/illegally. They all stck together. You will. Suffer. It is true electric shocks and all (with antenna) I am a walking lightning rod, with a dead battery petruding from my base of spine. I can be tracked anywhere and didn't know what was going on to me until a couple weeks ago. Surgery was 2008. DON'T DO IT EVER.

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      Brinafr3sh 6 years ago from West Coast, United States

      I don't believe implanting humans with foreign objects is necessary. But Gods word can't return void, so the prophecies have to be fulfilled.

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      OriginsBlog 7 years ago

      You're right. They will use fear to try to get us to chip up. I saw a video on a representative on CNN talking about the health care chip. I don't remember the guys name, but he said that they are expecting full-fledged use by Americans by 2017.

      Of course, if there is some kind of pandemic, natural disaster, or terrorist situation we could be required to wear these sooner.

      I'm not going to get one, no matter the cost. There's a very good reason that I say this, and you touched on the subject in your article. My personal reasons are in my article about RFID technology:

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      METASOUND 7 years ago

      Chipping is the one thing of any, that people must say "NO" too.

      There are numerous ways in which they could control people via Artificial Intelligence, and security surveillance technology.

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      Mike 8 years ago

      If they could design a chip that you could use personally, that requires an activation code (that the user of the chip decides) before it sends it's own ID code, the chip could be more secure, IE anonymous. Example of how it would work, Reader activates chip, Chip sends standard 3 number code. There's only 1000 combinations so it's a pretty basic. The computer reads this initial code, then sends it's own user programmed code to the RFID. The RFID then reads that code and sends the real 10 digit code. The interaction is then complete. The car turns on or the door opens, and not just anyone can read any RFID. Put it in a good place on the body and you'll be able to remove it at any time. Don't ever let someone else implant you with THEIR chip...

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      Rachel joy mangili 8 years ago

      it's up to the people if they want to be chipped or not..

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      rb11 8 years ago from Las Vegas

      Skepticism is running high these days, they are some benefits to RFID's, but we know there's abuse in all these areas.

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      jony roc 8 years ago

      i believe that the government is just trying to watch our every move and evade our privacy this is just so controversial

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      rb11 8 years ago from Las Vegas

      I know, but fear makes you do crazy things like get chipped.

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      someonewhoknows 8 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      This is a no brainer "Literally A No Brainer"

      Anyone willing to be chipped has no brain