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Silicon Valley Now Safe From RFID Implants

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Thanks to Arnold Schwarzenegger, the citizens of California are now safe from mandatory RFID implants.  And their government is now lacking time, money, and ink it could have used to deal with other issues.

In fairness to Schwarzenegger, it would have been hard for him not to sign the bill outlawing mandatory implants – the PR consequences of such a move might have been disastrous.  So much of the blame lies with Senator Joe Simitian, who authored the piece of legislation, and apparently feels that RFID implants pose some sort of clear and present danger in modern-day America.

“RFID technology is not, in and of itself, the issue. RFID is a minor miracle, with all sorts of good uses,” Simitian stated about a year ago.  “But we cannot and should not condone forced ‘tagging’ of humans.  It’s the ultimate invasion of privacy.”

And a certain senator is a master of the obvious.  Also, now seems like a good time to point out that someone (whether it was Simitian or another supporter of the bill, I can’t say) misspelled “governor” in the relevant press release’s title.  Brilliant.

At least Simitian’s bill-turned-law won’t do any harm.  It just doesn’t seem like a necessary piece of legislation.

Silicon Valley Now Safe From RFID Implants
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  • Chris Bieber

    Mr. Caverly’s dismissal of the INHERANT EVIL and INSIDIOUSNESS of FORCED IMPLANTING OF HUMAN BEINGS WITH A TRACKINC CHIP..how cavalier…

    Utterly contemptous is his derisive mocking of those of us who KNOW WHAT THE VERICHIP IS and what it means to FREEDOM AND LIBERTY…

    Unlike the shill for “technology” Mr. Caverly.

    who would have praised Monsieur Guillotine’s invention in 1789 in France… “a technological breakthrough!”
    “an efficient use of technology and userfriendly ease of application” “those rotten rich people and religious nuts..they are in the way of an egalitarian utopia here in France”

  • Digimarc thanks you

    My favorite lobbyist argument rears its ugly head “We object to this legislation because it protects against a scenario that will never happen”. If it will never happen, why the need to object to it?

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