Microchip Implants for UK Employees Is a Cause for Concern
Jowan Osterlund from Biohax holds a microchip. 
Jowan Osterlund from Biohax holds a microchip. (Photo: James Brooks/AP)

Microchip Implants for UK Employees Is a Cause for Concern

The following story looks something straight out of a Black Mirror episode.

There have been a lot of concerns raised over some British companies that are implanting company employees with microchips to improve security.

According to a report by The Guardian, a UK based tech firm BioTeq is offering microchip implants to businesses and individuals and has already fitted 150 implants in the UK.

The tiny microchip is being implanted between the thumb and the index finger which will help the employees gain access to office where they'll be able to open doors by waving their hand over the interface and can also be used to store medical data.

There is another company from Sweden, Biohax, which provides similar chips. The company has been in discussion with several British legal and financial companies on fitting their employees with similar chips including one major company which has more than 100 employees.

The cost to get these microchips installed is between 70 to 260 British pounds (Rs 6,588 to Rs 25,000)

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI), which represents more than 1,90,000 UK companies, has raised concerns over this.

It believes that the employers and bosses would have even more power over the employees and also believes that some of the employees would be coerced by the employers to get the implant.

This would allow the mediators to micromanage and control the employees sacrificing their privacy. Also, bunking work would become impossible as your boss would know exactly where you are. Busted!

BioTeq has been on a spree implanting these microchips. Currently, almost 150 of its employees are using this technology along with some more financial and engineering firms who have opted to be a part of this. The company bosses too are a part of this experiment.

The company has also shipped some of these chips to Spain, France, Germany, Japan and China.

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