Thousands of people in Sweden are inserting tiny microchips under their skin — making their lives much easier as they no longer have to carry IDs, gym passes, and keycards to get into work.
But it’s not without data risks.
About 3,000 Swedes have inserted the tiny chips into their bodies over the past three years, according to AFP.
The electronic tags are about the size of a grain of rice and are implanted in the back of the hand via a syringe.
“The technology is incredibly convenient,” said Ben Libberton, a microbiologist working for MAX IV Laboratory, to Euronews.
Many employees use them to get into their office buildings, as a gym pass, to buy food from vending machines, and even instead of using train tickets.
In a year, some 130 passengers signed up for Sweden’s SJ national railway microchip reservation service.