We’ve talked about chip technology and implants several times in the past, so I wanted to share with you an email I received this morning from American Express (bold highlight theirs) regarding my credit card:
As part of American Express’ continued dedication to the security and protection of our Card Members, we are excited to issue you a new Card for your account ending in 12006. Your new Card includes Chip technology, which adds an additional level of security to your Card transactions when used at chip-enabled terminals.
Prompt Attention Required:
You will receive your new Card within the next several days. You may continue to use your existing Card until your new Card is received. However as a security measure, your current Card will be deactivated soon afterward. To avoid interruption to your spending, please activate your new Card immediately upon receipt and begin to use it for future purchases. *Please note: if you are currently or imminently traveling, rest assured you may continue to use your current Card until your return.
For your convenience, your account number will remain the same. There is no need to update your Card information with any merchants who automatically bill to your Card. Please note that your Card will have a new security code and expiration date that must be used where requested in future purchases.
If I want to continue doing business with AE, I will be forced to use the new card. By deactivating my old card, they’ve given me no choice.
Of course there’s a link to a page where I can read the FAQ that they composed with their answers slanted toward my safety and convenience. The questions they don’t ask or answer are: Why do I need this? What if I don’t want to be tracked by carrying this card? Who else has access to this information? Can I be exempt from this technology?
I’ll admit that I really like AE because they pay attention to card activity and have alerted us several times of fraudulent charges. I’m not wearing a tin foil hat, but I know where this is going. We’ve already seen it happen with school kids and their ID badges, implants in livestock and pets, so in the lefty world of thinking, it’s natural that people would be next. First the locator in your phone, the camera in your computer, now a chip in your credit card, and next a chip in our bodies. All for our safety and security, of course.
Aside from how bored they’ll be while tracking my activities, it’s an invasion of my privacy and I don’t like it one bit. Privileges come with risks and I accept that, so stop protecting me so much.