Implantable RFID Chips

Security versus Ethics
  • Vikas Kumar
Part of the IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 262)


Implantable RFID chips are being seen as a potential security device for the very near future with the availability of these chips already in the marketplace. The applications are presented in a broadly positive light in their use in contexts that range from health monitoring to emergency solutions. But there is a darker side to RFID chips: with their implantation, there may be an erosion of privacy and a breach in bodily integrity. In this paper, a variety applications of implantable RFID chips are discussed by taking a look at the particular technologies concerned. The legal and ethical aspects vis-à-vis the high-end security offered by such implants are compared with concerns about maintaining a democratic and sensitive society. Broadly, the paper contrasts the usefulness of RFID in industrial and other processes, with the ethical and health issues that are involved in human-implantable RFID.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vikas Kumar
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  1. 1.Asia-Pacific Institute of ManagementNew DelhiIndia

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