A bill that would prohibit people from being implanted with radio frequency identification (RFID) devices was passed by the state Senate Thursday and now goes to the governor for signature into law.
The bill, authored by state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, would prevent small RFID computer chips from being embedded into any person. The devices are commonly used to track wild animals.
"RFID technology is not in and of itself the issue," Simitian said. "RFID is a minor miracle, with all sorts of good uses. But we shouldn't condone forced 'tagging' of humans. It's the ultimate invasion of privacy."
If the bill is signed into law, California would join Wisconsin and North Dakota, which have also banned RFID implantation into people.