• UK Prisoners To Be Chipped?

    From Xaragmata@3:800/432 to All on Mon Jan 14 23:11:20 2008
    Prisoners 'to be chipped like dogs'

    Hi-tech 'satellite' tagging planned in order to create more space in jails Civil rights groups and probation officers furious at 'degrading' scheme

    By Brian Brady, Whitehall Editor
    Published: 13 January 2008

    Ministers are planning to implant "machine-readable" microchips under the skin of thousands of offenders as part of an expansion of the electronic tagging scheme that would create more space in British jails.

    Amid concerns about the security of existing tagging systems and prison overcrowding, the Ministry of Justice is investigating the use of satellite and radio-wave technology to monitor criminals.

    But, instead of being contained in bracelets worn around the ankle, the tiny chips would be surgically inserted under the skin of offenders in the community, to help enforce home curfews.

    The radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, as long as two grains of rice, are able to carry scanable personal information about individuals, including their identities, address and offending


    Full article at "The Independent" - UK http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article3333852.ece

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