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ID chip assigned to every person at birth. Microchip implants have become standard practice for our pets, but have been a tougher sell when it comes to the idea of putting them in people. Science fiction author Elizabeth Moon last week rekindled the debate on whether it’s a good idea to “barcode” infants at organized Sports – Void in an interview on a BBC radio program.

The Forum, a weekly show that features “a global thinking” discussing a “radical, inspiring or controversial idea” for 60 seconds . Moon believes the tools most commonly used for surveillance and identification — like video cameras and DNA testing — are slow, costly and often ineffective. In her opinion, human barcoding would save a lot of time and money. The proposal isn’t too far-fetched – it is already technically possible to “barcode” a human – but does it violate our rights to privacy?

Stanley, senior policy analyst at the American Civil Liberties Union, told the Daily News. There are already, and increasingly, ways to electronically track people. The chip could be implanted in a person’s arm, and when scanned, could pull up a 16 digit ID number containing information about the user. It was discontinued in 2010 amid concerns about privacy and safety.

Still scientists and engineers have not given up on the idea. Biotech company MicroCHIPS has developed an implantable chip to deliver medicine to people on schedule and without injection. Advocates say electronic verification could help parents or caregivers keep track of children and the elderly. Chips could be used to easily access medical information, and would make going through security points more convenient, reports say.

But there are also concerns about security breaches by hackers. If computers and social networks are already vulnerable to hacking and identify theft, imagine if someone could get access to your personal ID chip? Stanley cautioned against throwing the baby out with the bathwater each time someone invents a new gadget. We can have our cake and eat it too. Get Daily News stories, delivered to your inbox. Sign up now to start receiving breaking news alerts on your desktop.

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