INDIANAPOLIS – A microchip the size of a grain of rice can carry reams of personal information about you. Legislators want to block employers from requiring you to carry it in your body.
Some companies have experimented with implanting microchips under your skin the way you’d chip your pet, as a substitute for I-D cards. The Senate could vote next week on banning employers from requiring it.
Pete Rimsans with the Indiana State Building Trades Council says there will likely be technological advances over the next century which previously were limited to science fiction. He says future legislatures can deal with those, but says it’s important to draw a line now that makes clear there’s only so much privacy that can be sacrificed in the name of progress.
Terre Haute Republican Jon Ford says no one’s tried to make it a requirement yet, but says he wants Indiana ahead of the curve.
The bill has already passed the House unanimously. Lawrenceburg Republican Chip Perfect cast the only no vote in a Senate committee — he says making chips optional would effectively ban them completely, because employers would have to maintain two separate systems.