VeriChip Buys Steel Vault, Creating Micro-Implant Health Record/Credit Score Empire
“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” (Revelation 13:16-18)
VeriChip, the company that markets a microchip implant that links to your online health records, has acquired Steel Vault, a credit monitoring and anti-identity theft company. The combined company will operate under a new name: PositiveID.
The all-stock transaction will leave PositiveID in charge of a burgeoning empire of identity, health and microchip implant businesses that will only encourage its critics. BNET previously noted that some regard the company as part of a prophecy in the Book of Revelation (because the HealthLink chip carries an RFID number that can be used as both money and proof of ID) or as part of President Obama?s secret Nazi plan to enslave America.
The most obvious criticism to be made of the deal is that it potentially allows PositiveID to link or cross-check patient health records (from the HealthLink chip) to people?s credit scores. One assumes that the company will put up firewalls to prevent that. PositiveID CEO Scott Silverman said:
?PositiveID will be the first company of its kind to combine a successful identity security business with one of the world?s first personal health records through our Health Link business. PositiveID will address some of the most important issues affecting our society today with our identification tools and technologies for consumers and businesses.”
Unless, of course, consumers don?t actually want to be implanted with chips, have their health records available over the internet, or have their medical records linked to their credit scores.
HealthLink RFID commercial:
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