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Your Body Is No Longer Yours: Australia Has Become The First Country To Microchip Its Citizens

In case you aren’t up to date with today’s world politics, there are two major blocks – authoritarian countries and democratic countries that are silently ruled by the former ones. And, Australia belongs to the latter.

Australia will be the first country to start microchipping its citizens

Although NBC News reported a couple of years ago that all Americans would be microchipped by 2017, it turns out that Australia will be the first country to start microchipping its citizens, according to Organic & Healthy.

According to News.com.au , Australia’s decision to microchip its citizens is “a clever propaganda campaign that equates RFID microchipping with becoming superhuman, and people are begging for it.”

Shanti Korporaal, from Sydney, is the first Australian to receive implants in both hands. “You could set up your life so you never have to worry about any passwords or PINs,” she stated for News.com.au.

unique identifier

In other words, these microchip implants represent a unique identifier, which allows you to unlock doors, but also transfer personal information to smart phones and other electronic devices. However, these microchips also allow the government to track every movement you make.

According to one microchip recipient, “convenience” is the key reason to opt for such a procedure, meaning you can leave your credit cards at home and be without fear of losing them or having your account hacked. Also, you won’t have the need to carry your smart phone with you.

In case you are thinking of undergoing the procedure, it’s worth noting that the only way too have the chip removed is by surgery.

The Authorities would track you for no reason

As for the question whether authorities would track you for no reason, the answer is ‘yes’.

In April 2012, police departments were reported of tracking cell phones without obtaining a warrant first, a regulation enforced by the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. As found by the American Civil Liberties Union, close to 200 of the surveyed departments did this without having a warrant. Only a few departments obtained the required warrant prior to tracking cell phones, while the majority “said they use varying legal standards, such as a warrant or a less-strict subpoena.”

The problem is present today as well. As reported by the Boston Globe in July, the city’s police department had used “a controversial cellphone technology 11 times over the past seven years without once obtaining a search warrant…”

hacking and identity

In addition, hacking and identity theft are some of the most serious issues related to having chips inserted into your body. As NBC News reported a few years ago, one such issue is doctors and hospitals having access not only to your medical record, but also to your identity in cases when you’re unconscious and unaccompanied upon admission. And, you have to admit, this happens quite often. What makes things even worse, medical information is a priority to hackers and identity thieves because this information, including prescriptions, Social Security numbers, addresses, is more permanent than financial data, which is changed once a hack has been detected.

It appears privacy is indeed luxury in the digital world we live in. Our retinas are scanned, our wallets are scanned, our online data is hacked and our movements are tracked, both by government and by private corporations. But, while these methods can be moderated, you can moderate the effects of carrying a ‘tracker’ inside your body.

Via riseearth.com

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