New law bars forced implants of ID chips

By John Woolfolk
Mercury News

Bosses will probably find other ways to get under your skin, but thanks to California lawmakers they won’t be allowed to stick little electronic ID badges into your flesh.

A bill by state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, which Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Friday, bars California employers and others from forcing people to have radio frequency identification (RFID) devices implanted under their skin. The bill goes into effect Jan. 1.

“It’s the ultimate invasion of privacy,” Simitian said. “They should find other ways to keep track of employees.”

Wisconsin and North Dakota have enacted similar laws. While Simitian was unaware of any California companies requiring workers to get implanted with RFID chips, it has happened elsewhere.

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