3,000 Swedes ditch credit card for microchip implant

Jun 30, 2018, 1:59 AM EDT
(Source: Riley Porter/flickr)
(Source: Riley Porter/flickr)

Thousands of Swedes are giving up their credit cards and getting microchip implants that sit just under their skin, letting them make payments, book tickets and enter buildings. The trend has gained traction for the convenience it brings to many routine transactions but scientists warn the “bio-digital” hack could risk privacy invasion and data breach.

The microchip, roughly the size of a grain of rice, works on near-field communication (NFC) technology, writes Mental Floss.

Microbiologists warn that the risk of a data breach increases with the quantity of information being stored in these microchips, reports Mail Online. Microchip implants can also result in “infections or reactions of the immune systems” but Swedes are favoring convenience over privacy and health.