Is the microchip coming to your company? If so, what are your rights?

NOW: Is the microchip coming to your company? If so, what are your rights?

Dozens of workers for a Wisconsin tech company volunteered Tuesday to have a rice sized microchip implanted in their hand.

Three Square Market, also known as 32M says 41 of 85 workers agreed.

They say it is not GPS. They will not be tracking their workers' comings and goings.

The chip will allow them to easily purchase items at the break room, get into the building and turn out their computers without having to worry about their keys or wallet.

"If I scan my hand, I can actually bring up a website we programmed," said one worker.

"What's gonna happen when I put this foreign object in my hand," wondered another. 

The company acknowledges the full application of the microchip is unclear.

Local privacy attorney Michael Maistelman says there are key questions you have to ask your employer before raising your hand.

"I would have an employment agreement that would say what the chip is used for," advises Maistelman. "What they are going to be monitoring? And if you find out they are monitoring other things, then that could be very problematic for the employer."

Maistelman says the privacy issues are similar to those if you use a company issued cell phone.

Navada actually prhibits companys from requiring employees to be chipped.

"As technology advances, we'll see more and more legislation dealing with these microchips."

Maistelman and Associates has been researching the issue.

They call it part of a trend known as "biohacking" where the pros are the conveniences of never having to worry about forgetting wallet or keys.

Three Square Market is not tracking person data. So the microchip is passive with no internal power source or ability to broadcast location or data. 

They say it's important to consider that it is the company that controls the data.

Skeptics worry about a small leap to tracking employee behavior. Maistelman wonders if they have data on food purchases will they be tracking if the selections are considered healthy or not.

From there, privacy advocates worry about the devices application to behavior outside the workplace.


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