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.