by Katherine Albrecht, Ed.D.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Report issued by CASPIAN Consumer Privacy, June 3, 2008
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Table of Contents
I.OVERVIEW OF THE VERICHIP HUMAN IMPLANT
What is the VeriChip human implant?
What is the purpose of the VeriChip and how does it work?
What information is stored on a VeriChip?
How is the VeriChip inserted into the body?
Where on the body is the VeriChip injected?
How many people have received VeriChip implants?
Are other companies marketing implantable RFID microchips for human use?
I've heard the VeriChip is a passive RFID device. What does that mean?
What is the read range of a VeriChip?
II.OVERVIEW OF MICROCHIP IMPLANTS FOR PETS
What is a microchip implant for animals?
What is the purpose of an animal implant and how does it work?
Where is the microchip typically injected?
How many animals have received microchip implants in the U.S.?
Can the microchip help locate a lost pet?
Are there different brands of pet microchips?
Who manufactures and sells the pet implants?
III.CANCER AND CHIP IMPLANTS
Have implanted microchips caused cancer in animals?
Did the microchip implants cause the tumors?
Where did the tumors form in the animals?
How does the microchip implant cause cancer?
Are the microchips that caused tumors the same as the VeriChip human implant?
I'd like to examine the evidence myself. Where can I find the original research studies?
Should humans be worried about developing cancer from microchip implants?
IV.THE CANCER CONTROVERSY: DOUBLESPEAK FROM VERICHIP AND THE MAKERS OF THE HOMEAGAIN® PET IMPLANT
How has the VeriChip Corporation responded to the cancer issue?
What are some of the inaccurate statements made by microchip company executives?
Did the Associated Press review only three articles as Mr. Silverman claimed?
Were the cancer studies conducted in tumor-prone animals?
Weren't the genetically modified mice used in one study specially bred to produce tumors?
Could the cancers have been caused by other chemicals instead of the microchip?
Is it true, as VeriChip claims, that no link can be made between the tumors and the implanted microchips?
Is it true the tumors were benign and not harmful?
Have there been studies in which chipped animals did not develop cancer?
Was the FDA aware of the cancer link when it approved the VeriChip for human use?
the VeriChip Corporation (then operating as "Applied Digital
Solutions") intentionally fail to provide the cancer studies to the FDA?
Should the Blanchard study have been included in the FDA application?
Is there additional evidence the company did not tell the FDA about the cancer studies?
Has the FDA been asked whether it reviewed the cancer studies before it approved the VeriChip?
Have other false or misleading statements been made about the research?
► MISSTATEMENT – The tumors in the Le Calvez study were not malignant
► MISSTATEMENT – The tumorous mice in the Tillmann study were "healthy"
► MISSTATEMENT – Most of the tumors in the Tillmann study were "benign"
V.OTHER PROBLEMS WITH HUMAN IMPLANTS
Aside from the cancer issue, does the VeriChip implant pose other medical risks?
What is meant by "migration?" Is that a serious concern?
Have any complaints been filed with the FDA about the VeriChip?
Is it possible to remove the VeriChip implant? How difficult is the procedure?
Can a VeriChip implant be disabled?
Has anyone's chip fallen out
Would VeriChip information be available in a natural disaster?
Would the VeriChip database be available at other times when I need it?
Will emergency personnel be able to read my VeriChip in an ambulance?
Could the VeriChip implant break or fail to operate?
What is my legal recourse if I am harmed by the VeriChip?
the risks of the VeriChip, is there an alternative way for people to
communicate their medical history to emergency medical responders?
VI.OTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT ANIMAL IMPLANTS
Should pet owners be worried about the implants in their pets causing cancer?
My dog has cancer in another part of the body. Could it be related to the microchip?
Does the injection procedure pose a risk to pets?
I've heard that implants can migrate. Is that true?
What other problems can implanted microchips cause in animals?
What alternatives are there to chipping animals?
VII. SECURITY AND PRIVACY CONCERNS
Does the VeriChip raise privacy issues?
How easy is it to read the information on someone else's VeriChip?
Why does it matter if a hacker or a criminal gets a 16-digit number?
Could a criminal really duplicate the information on someone else's VeriChip?
Could the VeriChip help secure office buildings and nuclear power plants?
Could the VeriChip prevent kidnappings, find lost hikers, or rescue captured soldiers?
VIII. CULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS ISSUES
I've heard that some Christians object to the VeriChip. Why is that?
What do those Christians believe will happen to people who take the mark of the beast?
Is the VeriChip actually being used for buying and selling today?
Is it a violation of Jewish law to receive a VeriChip implant?
Do other faith traditions prohibit or discourage the use of microchip implants?
IX.BIG BROTHER IMPLICATIONS
Could the VeriChip be used to track someone's movements?
Have employers required workers to have VeriChip devices implanted?
Does the U.S. government want to chip the public?
Has the president of Colombia suggested chipping people?
Are babies being implanted with VeriChip microchips?
Could a microchip be implanted during a routine vaccination or other injection?
Has anyone ever been chipped without consent?
I believe I have been implanted with a microchip. Can you help me?
Are pet owners being forced to chip their pets?
What about tagging criminals with VeriChip?
What should implanted patients and their doctors do?
What should policy makers do?
What should veterinarians do?
What should pet owners do?
Should the use of microchips implants in people be restricted?
Are lawmakers concerned about the issue?
Can you recommend model legislation to address these concerns?
Where can I go to learn more about microchip implants and RFID?
Is there anything else I can do to help?
Who wrote this document?
Are you available to speak publicly on this issue?