Skip to comments.Hospitals tagging babies with electronic chips, Privacy advocates protest
Posted on 01/20/2008 9:39:53 PM PST by Coleus
Over half the birthing facilities in Ohio are being equipped with an RFID infant protection system placed on infants at birth to prevent them from being abducted from the hospital or from being given to the wrong mother. "Standard protocol in the hospitals using the VeriChip system is that the baby receives an RFID anklet at birth and the mother receives a matching wristband," VeriChip spokeswoman Allison Tomek told WND. "The mothers are not asked."
VeriChip Corp., a publicly listed company headquartered in Delray Beach, Fla., is marketing though its wholly-owned subsidiary, Xmark, a HUGS brand tag-and-bracelet infant security system. The RFID tag is attached to an infant at birth by an ankle bracelet that is detected by monitors positioned throughout the hospital. Critics charge the VeriChip system is an intrusive technology solution to a problem that is rare.
"The VeriChip infant security system is a technology looking for a solution," said Katherine Albrecht, founder and director of CASPIAN, Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering. "Baby snatching from hospital facilities is a diaper full of nonsense," Albrecht told WND.
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Either way the baby gets an identification anklet at the hospital. I don’t see the issue.
Privacy is a huge consideration.
Also there is the consideration for the hospital, and the parents.
There have been cases of ‘accidental swaps’ in the hospital, and cases of baby theft.
The chip could eliminate the potential lawsuits, and the potential loss of child or the child’s life due to kidnapping.
The question is, is it really a loss of privacy? How much privacy does a baby have?
What happens as the child grows could be a concern for us, as concerns privacy.
Will our children be tracked until their old age?
Will the chips last that long?
Very few quick and easy answers.
“Privacy Advocates”, my ass.
Sounds like a bunch of busybodies sticking their noses where they don’t belong.
IIRC, they do (states or counties?) take a blood sample (DNA?) and ship it off to some far away depository without consent. I see that as a Privacy issue.
...which is the definition of government.
It's about WND click-through rates.
Right, not implants and since that is the case this sounds like a good idea.
The hospital where I work uses the chips for maternity wards. The fear of mixup or abduction is very real, and liability is astronomical if something bad happens. There really are sickos out there who try to infiltrate maternity wards to swipe a kid.
In one case, there was a hospital-wide security alert when the system detected what looked like a baby leaving the unit, and heading towards the dumpsters. It turned out the mother did not report the baby's security anklet was loose, and just put it on her food tray, which was then taken away after lunch. The anklet was covered by something, so nobody noticed it until the system detected it leaving the premises.
While everybody had a laugh about it after things cooled down, it was taken as seriously as firefights outside the ER. We've had those, too.
This is a large Detroit hospital system, so just about any emergency that can be imagined has already happened at least once.
I think I was switched at birth from rich parents to poor parents.
Luckily, I had the opposite happen to me. You snooze, you lose.
I’m right with you.
I’m saying these so-called privacy advocates protesting the RFIDs are full of crap.
Up here a ‘wandering’ chip will lock all the ward doors, sound an alarm and all kinds of interesting things happen. Sensors in all hallways, doors and windows.
No mixed up babys of late - so it’s all good.
So.......... it was you!
My Granddaughter, born on 19 Dec 2007, had one of these anklets. It was not an issue at all, and the anklet was removed prior to discharge.
An interesting thing was that if the infant’s anklet got outside of a certain “safe” area, an alarm would be sounded, the elevators and major doors would be locked, and security personnel would jump into action. The parents were warned not to get too close to the elevators or emergency exits with the baby as long as the device was activated.
I thought it was an excellent idea, and I don’t have any idea what these nuts are protesting about. I suspect they have never seen one or had the system explained to them. They probably think it is some sort of permanent RFID sysytem.
It’s an anklet, no big deal.
Call me back when they start branding new babies with ‘666’ on their foreheads.
If you wrap your head with tinfoil (shiney side out) you can elude the tracking device.
Kalispell Regional Medical Center use these bracelets.
The bracelets come off when the baby leaves the hospital.
“The bracelets come off when the baby leaves the hospital.”
And, when the child grows up, can they not have the chip removed?
My apologies to all.
I misunderstood the Title, and didn’t read the article fully.
I “assumed” the chips were implanted.
Maybe the last part of the title should have been....
Privacy Advocates protest needlessly.
This is a good thing. Anyone trying to leave with the baby will trigger an alarm. That’s a good thing.
What’s the problem here? The tracking device is on the hospital ID braclet, which any baby in the hospital should be wearing, and additionally makes it harder for a child to be taken without permission. WND is trying to over-dramatize a nonissue.
“Do you have a tin hat collection or something?”
Tin foil hat concession.
We have some very interesting Tin Foil Body Armor, if you are interested.
Oh please! There are implantable chips, they’re ankle bracelets. You cut them off when the baby goes home.
Or when you steal the baby :)
IIRC, if you want to take the tax deduction for the little one, you need to apply for his SSN anyway. That happens regardless of whether or not the hospital uses RFID.
I know of a ‘scrapbooking’ grandma who (dispite being told not to) clipped baby’s anklet (for all important memory book). She had that, the little hat, some flowers, heading out to load the car...made it to the elevator. Many, many alarms went off; doors secured; security on high alert, local police alerted and in transit...and she still doesn’t ‘get’ that she caused a problem. This was a few years back...but now I think she must just be a WND reader :)
I’ll remember that next time I steal a baby. Thanks.
“There are implantable chips, theyre ankle bracelets.”
I knew what you meant, anyway.
If you didn’t see it I already acknowledged that I was mistaken.
That must then mean that the families of some of our clients are DU members. We lose about one phone a month from a birthing center suite to souvenir hunters. Despite the fact that it's a special phone that will only work on our commercial phone network.
It costs us about $250 to replace the phone, as opposed to $4 for a RFID chip. Maybe we need to tag the phones in those suites.