Ackroyd Legal

By Carlin Peton

An intense debate over the use of microchips on humans is set to divide millions in the coming years. Concerns over worker privacy violations and the prospect of unleashing a new wave of biohacking have been the core agitations to this technology. However, in the age of Internet of Things (IoT), firms can see many benefits of microchipping including maximising productivity etc,.

What is microchipping?

The process involves implanting the chips into the skin, most likely the hand. The microchips use the same technology as contactless bank cards: Near Field Communication (NFC). Data flows from the hand to a scanner using electromagnetic waves.

How can microchips be used? What are the benefits?

Microchips have a history of being used on pets; mostly for identification purposes. When it comes to the use of microchips on humans, the scope for possibility is endless. They can be used to increase security and convenience purposes by abandoning use of physical ID passes for a more secure bio-defence. Maximising worker productivity is also possible by tracking how much time workers spend on daily tasks.

Legal implications

Microchipping is legal. However, workers cannot be forced into having chips implanted into their skin. Contracts with microchip requirements are also likely to be waived by the court and firing an employee over their refusal would likely lead to an unfair dismissal claim. Establishing consent from employees is therefore crucial.

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