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Microchip implants for commuters posing security risks

Microchip implants for commuters posing security risks
Source: SJ Rail

If you're like me, traveling is a big part of your life. I'm always looking forward to my next trip. Whether it's an annual family vacation or just a long weekend getaway, it's sure to be a great time.

However, many people stress about certain things associated with traveling. Going through security and keeping track of tickets and boarding passes are just a couple examples. You're not going to believe the technology on the way to alleviate these concerns.

New travel tech might creep you out

What we're talking about is a new trend with travel technology. Swedish commuters are having microchips implanted into their hands that replace their travel card. It's currently being used on SJ Rail trains.

These microchips use Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, like what you would find in chip-equipped credit cards. Data flow via magnetic waves between the microchip and a digital reader when scanned.

If this trend catches on, you can expect to see it used worldwide. The technology has the potential to replace boarding passes for air travel and maybe even TSA Precheck, allowing passengers to speed through security.

The problem is, this type of technology isn't just creepy, it also raises both privacy and security concerns. It's possible that hackers could steal critical information stored on the users' microchip. Also, anyone with an implanted chip could be tracked.

There have already been flaws reported with the current system being used on the rail. Some users have said that when their microchip was scanned by the reader, instead of their ticket information coming up, their LinkedIn account info was displayed.

Clearly, there are bugs that need to be cleared up before this system is implemented worldwide. But the technology is there and we will probably be seeing it in the near future.

What do you think? Would you have a microchip implanted to save time and hassle? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts.

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