Swedish company implants microchips into its employees

Stockholm-based Epicenter company offers to implant its workers with microchips the size of grains of rice that function as swipe cards: to open doors, operate printers or buy coffee.

About 150 workers have accepted the offer. "The biggest benefit I think is convenience," said Patrick Mesterton, co-founder and CEO of Epicenter. “It basically replaces a lot of things you have, other communication devices, whether it be credit cards or keys." He also noted that people have been implanting things into their body, like pacemakers, which he sees much more serious. Nevertheless, concerns about security and privacy protection prevail. Ben Libberton, a microbiologist at Stockholm's Karolinska Institute, says that data from a chip embedded in a person’s body is quite different from the data possibly obtained from a smartphone. "Conceptually you could get data about your health, your whereabouts, how often you're working, how long you're working, if you're taking toilet breaks and things like that."

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31. 10. 2017