A strange story caught my attention this morning. A province in Indonesia is about to pass a bylaw that requires some HIV/AIDS patients to have a microchip injected into them to prevent them from passing on the virus.

“It’s a simple technology. A signal from the microchip will track their movements and this will be received by monitoring authorities,” said an official for the government.

Apart from not being able to understand how exactly knowing where people are would prevent them from passing on the virus, this law is going to attract disastrous negative attention to this government from human rights activists and patient groups. Do they really think this is a good idea?

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