FC: U.K. may implant chips in sex offenders to warn of future attacks

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Mon Nov 18 2002 - 08:03:31 PST

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        Surgical tags plan for sex offenders
        Silicon chip to be inserted under skin
        Martin Bright, home affairs editor
        Sunday November 17, 2002
        The Observer
        Britain is considering a controversial scheme to implant surgically
        electronic tags in convicted paedophiles amid fears that the extent of
        the abuse of children has been massively underestimated.
        Documents obtained by The Observer reveal the Government could track
        paedophiles by satellite, with a system similar to that used to locate
        stolen cars.
        The tags can be put beneath the skin under local anaesthetic and would
        also be able to monitor the heart rate and blood pressure of the
        abuser, alerting staff to the possibility that another attack was
        A letter from Hilary Benn, the Minister responsible for the
        supervision of sex offenders in the community, reveals the Home
        Office's electronic monitoring team is already developing technology
        to track paedophiles constantly. The team is now investigating the
        'implant tag' after it was alerted to its capabilities by a campaign
        group for victims of paedophiles.
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