Micro-chipping Americans was once a conspiracy among tinfoil hate conspiracy theorists until several months ago, when a Wisconsin-based company decided to microchip their employees and “take the plunge” with this new technology. Now being able to get past security checkpoints and through doors that would normally require an ID card, many Americans are all too eager to receive the chip out of the sake of “convenience,” idiotically ignoring the compromises to personal privacy, as well as the disturbing ways the government could use this technology to track their every move. Many companies are eager to get on board with this privacy intrusion, telling Americans that this will shortly be “part of our society,” where experts are now predicting that in less than a year, all Americans will have these devices under their skin.
With many of us gasping in horror at the horror of how people could willingly hand over all their privacy to the government for the sake of “convenience,” a startling even more intrusive technology has just been approved by the FDA that is downright chilling. The government now has a sneaky way to track every personal aspect of your health, with the startling new pill that is now being deemed “safe” to ingest into your body.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has officially granted its approval for a newfangled tracking device that pharmaceutical companies can now legally manufacture into drug pills in order to monitor whether or not patients are taking all of their prescriptions.
The technology is being specifically touted as a solution to the problem of psychiatric patients who forget to take their medicines, which could result in them committing violent acts toward themselves or others. But the privacy implications of adding tiny microchips to medications that people take every day are a major concern, even as the FDA proceeds with fast-tracking their use in pharmaceuticals.
Branded under the name of “MyCite,” these chips are already being used in Abilify aripiprazole tablets for schizophrenia. Those who suffer chronic manic episodes are being instructed to wear special patches on their arms that communicate with the chips as they make their way through patients’ bodies. Information is then transmitted via the patches to the patients’ smartphones, which can be monitored by doctors or pharmacists.
“The Abilify MyCite features a sensor the size of a grain of sand made of silicon, copper, and magnesium,” explains a report on the technology by The Verge.
“An electrical signal is activated when the sensor comes into contact with stomach acid – the sensor then passes through the body naturally. A patch the patient wears on their left rib cage receives the signal several minutes after the pill is ingested. The patch then sends data like the time the pill was taken and the dosage to a smartphone app over Bluetooth.”
Alarming, right? Well ,get ready because it doesn’t stop there. With these tracking devices now in your medication, the government can now track your activity level, sleeping pattern, and other lifestyle habits. Private information and data about your health that was previously only available to your doctor will now be floating around in ccyberspace some where, vulnerable for hackers to exploit this information for “nefarious purposes, presenting vulnerabilities similar to those inherent in electronic medical records systems,” one expert quipped.
This is extremely unsettling and the only thing left is to enforce compliance with these devices in the form of a mandate. If you don’t think that would ever happen, think again.