32M has partnered up with the Swedish biohacking company BioHax International and now offers its employees an implanted microchip. It’s just one more company offering this option to its employees.
A little hindsight about biohacking
A little more than two years ago, a hacker implanted a near field communication (NFC) chip in his left hand. By this, he was able to hack Android smartphones and to circumvent nearly all of the security measurements. His purpose was to show in living color the risks of biohacking.
By the end of 2015, another hacker implanted a small NFC chip below his skin containing the private key to his Bitcoin wallet. He used easy gestures to pay for his foods and to transfer money between bank accounts.
Back in April, we reported about the Epicenter where employees – optionally – can also get a NFC chip implanted in their hand.
But back to 32M
32M (Three Square Market) is located in Wisconsin, US. They provide vending machines for office spaces and offer them in more than 20 countries. These vending machines offer the same type of goods which a small supermarket would offer. So far so good. From August 1st, their employees have the possibility to take part in a new program to get a chip implanted. Participation in this program will be optional but the company wants to convince at least 50 employees to jump in.
As described with the other biohacking events before, the chips will be implanted below the skin and between the thumb and the trigger finger. The chips are using the Near Field Communication technology. It’s the same technology being used for contactless payments with your credit card and your smartphone. Furthermore, these chips are using RFID (Wikipedia), too. These implanted chips enable employees to contactless login to their computers, pay for food and beverages on vending machines, to open doors, and to use the printers. Todd Westby, CEO of 32M, confirmed in a statement that employees won’t be GPS tracked.
Already common – or not yet?
For our pets, especially for dogs and cats, it’s already normal to wear such a chip. Some day this technology might become standardized. This might allow us to replace our passports, tickets for public transportations, or any bonus point methods and payment methods. Although the collection of biometric information is becoming more commonplace, people are expressing more and more concerns regarding security and privacy . The NFC chips are part of these concerns. The technology enables people to access things more conveniently — and hackers could use the technology to harm them. Furthermore, there are concerns regarding privacy and data security. This technology allows the surveillance of our movements, where and when we’re shopping, and what interests we might have.
It all really comes down to you. If your company would offer such kind of program, would you give them a welcoming hand for implanting a NFC chip?