Wisconsin company wants to implant microchips in employees’ hands

Last Updated Jul 25, 2017 8:05 AM EDT

A Wisconsin company claims it will be the first in the country to implant microchips in most of its employees.

Three Square Market plans to implant chips in the hands of volunteers among its workforce. The technology replaces identification cards used to open doors and operate office equipment.

CBS News correspondent Jamie Yuccas reports the company, which is based in River Falls, has 80 employees. Privacy concerns have been raised by the plans. 

Three Square Market will likely use the technology the most in the break room. To pay for a candy bar or a bag of pretzels, all an employee would have to do is flick their wrist.

By next week, over 50 employees will have bionic hands, with a credit card chip implanted near their wrist. 

“Basically it’s a serial number that is assigned to your credit card,” owner Todd Westby said. 

The company is offering the chips, which cost about $300 a piece, to its employees for free. Westby, his wife and two children will also be getting microchipped. 

Three Square Market plans to implant chips in the hands of its workforce to replace ID cards used to open doors and operate office equipment.

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“It’s for entrance to the building, logging into computers, making purchases in our break room market, things of that nature,” Westby said. 

Employees will now have two ways to get into the building. They can either use the traditional keypad with their identification number, or if they’re microchipped, they can just use their hands and swipe. That will allow them to open the door. 

Three Square Market makes vending machines with credit card chip readers. Experts wonder if this is all a publicity stunt and worry about the loss of privacy. 

“Do you want someone to know every time you enter or leave a room?” CNET senior editor Dan Ackerman asked….

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