Gut Rumbles

February 13, 2006

big brother?

Bejus! I thought random piss-tests were an invasion of privacy. I've taken several when the cup was thrust upon me, but I bitched about doing it. I STILL believe that employers should judge an employee by work performance and not by what he or she does off the job. Just because a business issues you a paycheck doesn't mean that it owns you.

But a piss-test is NOTHING compared to this.

An Ohio company has embedded silicon chips in two of its employees - the first known case in which US workers have been “tagged” electronically as a way of identifying them.

I don't mind wearing a picture ID or toting an electronic door key on the job. I don't mind if my employer wants to put tracking devices on those items and keep a chart of where I go on the job. Hell, I don't mind giving an employer my fingerprints or even a sample of my god-dam DNA if they want it.

But I draw the line at having a chip embedded in my body. First, NO employer needs to know where I am 24-7. Second, if this practice becomes commonplace for employers, how long will it take the federal government to decide that EVERYBODY needs a chip, for our own protection. Homeland Security, don't ya know.

I don't like this idea. It gets under my skin.


I disagree about the piss test, but that can be saved for another day. I do agree that "tagging" someone electronically just for access to a particualr area is going a bit far. My first thought on this was NFW. Carrying a RFID tag on a chain around my neck, even implanted in my company ID is one thing. I can take that off and leave it hanging on the door knob at home. I really don't want the company knowing if I visit the local T-Bar.

Posted by: Sarge on February 13, 2006 11:16 AM

In cases where an employee is driving around (like cable/telephone people) a piss test is a good thing.
I don't want some one jacked up on drugs and driving around. There are enough of those people doing it off of company time.

Posted by: Maeve on February 13, 2006 11:23 AM

No, I will not submit to an ID chip imbedded in my skin. Fuck 'em.

I understand the thing about the piss tests-I have done my share of pissing in the bottle while I was on active duty. I didn't like it but understood the need for it. In private industry I figure the business has the right to insist on a drug free work place and employees have the choice of being drug free and having the job or being a user and losing the job-whatever floats their boat

Posted by: GUYK on February 13, 2006 11:38 AM

Piss test is a waste of time and money. What an employee does on his or her own time is none of the employers buisness. If an employer wants to have access to that data , I am easy just pay me for it, if you can afford it. There is already a minor hitler in michigan demanding all his employees quit smoking and fires them if they smoke off the job. I wouldn't mind that requirment if he grandfathered all his previous employees and made it a requirment for a new hire, but he didnt'. Where is the howling outcry from labor unions? Where is the ACLU? I personally hope someone shoots that little commie bastard between the eyes.

Posted by: jamesoldguy on February 13, 2006 11:41 AM

LOL maybe they're gay minority midgets who screw off endlessly on the job, and since they can't fire them legitimately (ACLU!! WHAA) they've chipped them to keep track of where they go.

That or they are air duct workers who work in high danger environments, and if they cark it on the job, they want to be able to find them before they bloat up too bad.

Posted by: Cythen on February 13, 2006 12:06 PM

While I don't agree with skin chips in the U.S., if I was a contractor or journalist working in Iraq it would be a wonderful idea. When they get kidnapped, they could be found.

Posted by: George on February 13, 2006 12:10 PM

Maybe next they'll implant an electronic device in their skulls to hkelp control employee behavior.

Posted by: RayH on February 13, 2006 02:29 PM

They can't track you 24/7 with an RFID chip.

They're very short range, and passive. (That is, they transmit their data only when energised by an external signal.)

Posted by: Sigivald on February 13, 2006 02:42 PM

Let em stick a chip under my skin. When it gets infected I'll sue the hell out of the employer and never have to work again.

Good ole USA

Posted by: John on February 13, 2006 04:45 PM

Gets under my skin too - screw that - I don't need a job THAT bad...

Posted by: Lisa on February 13, 2006 08:00 PM

When I heard that the chips were being implanted so that cards couldn't be stolen for security reasons, I wondered when the first employee was going to be taken hostage and have a hand amputated!

Posted by: Maggie on February 14, 2006 07:09 AM

I had a job once where if NOTHING showed up on a piss test you were fired.

Posted by: Titan Mk 6B on February 14, 2006 09:35 AM
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