There has been a considerable amount of talk, speculation and fear-mongering going on about the next big leap in personal information and records keeping, namely: microchipping.
Recently I’ve read articles, watched clips of talk shows and seen many YouTube videos on the subject of placing microchips in people. Some say it’s a great idea, some have concerns over privacy, and some are yelling “Mark of the Beast” and quoting scripture.
Microchips in Pets
As a pet owner I have been, and continue to be, a proponent of having pets chipped: this vastly improves the chances or your pet being returned to you if they somehow get away from you and lose their collar or tags.
These chips store a 12 to 16 character alpha-numeric code. That’s all. When a scanner triggers the microchip, it transmits its code and the signal can be read for a distance of up to 10 centimeters (about 4 inches). The veterinarian or animal shelter then uses the code shown on the scanner to query a database over the internet which returns the name, address and phone number of the animal’s registered owner. But why chip people?