The microchip market has really seen a boom in the past few years, and it’s because of more than just the little squares popping up on our debit and credit cards. If you follow the tech market like we do, you’re probably aware that there are some companies out there developing chips that can be embedded in the human body for various uses—be it to unlock your car, make mobile payments (without your smartphone), track health and wellness info, and more.
While the use cases are limited at this point, one Nevada lawmaker doesn’t see any reason to wait around when it comes to regulating this new tech space, and perhaps for good reason.
Republican Sen. Becky Harris of Las Vegas introduced a bill in the Nevada legislature that would make illegal the act of implanting computer chips in humans that store personal information and track someone’s location without that person’s consent. Nevada would become the fifth state to join the movement banning mandatory identification markers in humans as a precaution to keep the new, emerging tech from potential misuse. The others include California, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.