Pasi Maenranta, a member of the nationalist-oriented Finns Party, has suggesting implanting tracker chips in Finland’s welfare recipients.
Maenranta said all recipients going abroad should be forced to have the implantation to prevent them from joining the Islamic State. He said some welfare recipients continue to receive payments while in Syria and Iraq.
“The law should be changed: To receive payments from Kela [the Social Insurance Institution], one has to tell exact data about your location using your personal code, read by a satellite. It is also possible to implant electronic chips to all going abroad, who for example receive medical welfare from Kela,” Maenranta wrote on his Facebook page.
He said the idea does not violate privacy because with “Google or Facebook it is… clear where we are.” Maenranta added that he does not “believe that a chip is so terrible.”
Technologists have called for microchip implants.
Ramez Naam, who led the early development of Microsoft software projects, told Fox News last year he foresees a time when implanted chips are used to keep track of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Others have suggested using the chips to monitor the activity of felons or locate kidnapped children.
In the United States, politicians have called for drug testing of welfare recipients.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said when he announced his presidential campaign he would drug test all welfare recipients.
In 2009 Arizona instituted a drug testing program for welfare recipients. Gov. Jan Brewer said recipients would be tested if the state had “reasonable cause” to believe they were taking illegal drugs.
The Arizona program ended up costing taxpayers more than it saved in denying benefits to those who tested positive.