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"I don't know why I write science fiction. The voices in my head told me to!"
- Charles Stross

Microtransmitter Dot  
  A tiny transmitter placed on ID cards, used to track ID holders.  

Kathy turned on a bright, small light, laid three forged documents in the circle of its glare. 'A purple dot on the margin of each,' she said, indicating the almost invisible circle of color. 'A micro transmitter, so you'll emit a bleep every five seconds as you move around. They're after conspiracies; they want the people you're with.'
From Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Doubleday in 1974
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It is possible to have them removed:

He tapped his vest pocket of forged ID cards. 'With their micro transmitters, if that much is true.'

'Give them back to me,' Kathy said, 'and I'll erad the micro transmitters for you.'

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