Supreme may Propose :  Technology will Dispose

Supreme may Propose :  Technology will Dispose

 

Last week , I sent following emails to the Supreme Court [ SupremeCourt@nic.in ] :

 

https://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2017/07/privacy-parish-thought.html

 

      https://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2017/07/right-to-privacy-thank-you-your-honours.html

 

While debating whether our Constitution does ( or does not ) provide for an individual citizen’s RIGHT to PRIVACY , it becomes necessary to also debate the following :

 

  • Should larger “ Societal Good “  prevail over an individual’s right to privacy – especially if no violation of dignity is involved  ?

 

  • If I am unable to stop junk advts arriving in my physical mail box ( pamphlets / literature ) , should I feel offended with email such as :

“ Hey ! Since you are sending so many emails to Nandan Nilekani , would you like to read his book , “ Re-imagining India “ ? “

 

  • Can the world-wide  March of Technology  be stopped by India’s Supreme Court

by dictating , who cannot “ invent “ , what ?

 

Eg : Without explicit permission from the person concerned  :

 

#  Smart phones which read human dreams and “message “ to WhatsApp group

 

#  Spectacles ( ala Google Glass ) which allow wearer to take 1 hr videos of

 

anyone / anytime , walking on the road and upload on the CLOUD

 

#   Wrist bands which measure precise drug level in blood and alert the Police

 

#   Shirt-mounted Cameras worn by Mumbai Police to capture video / audio of

traffic offenders

 

#   RFID collars around the necks of prisoners on parole , to track their

Movements

 

#   Currency Notes made of flexible / conducting Plastic , capable of capturing the

finger-prints of every person who handles it and then relaying that info to

Income Tax department

 

#   TV sets that “ record and transmit “ , what you are watching ( like web site

cookies ) . All you did was to switch on the TV . Who said anything about

permission ?

 

#   Clothes that you forgot to wear for 6 months , announcing their own “ sale “

on E bay website (and , without asking your permission , revealing what

private under-clothes you wear , to entire world  ! )

 

Read : Help ! Please , Rescue me !

https://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2016/08/help-please-rescue-me.html

 

  • Can our Supreme Court tell :

 

#  Zuckerberg  > Don’t deploy drones -lasers, beaming internet signals to Indians

 

#  Sundar Pichai  >  Scrap you Project LOON / Project Skybender ( 5G internet )

 

#  ViaSat / Boeing >  No beaming of 1Gbps internet  from satellites to Indians

 

#  SpaceX / Virgin Galactic  > Keep your revolutionary internet tech to yourself

 

#  Prof Jhunjhunwala ( IIT-M ) > Do not license , your invention that delivers

Internet signals using ordinary 220V domestic electrical outlet – to Indians

 

#  Satya Nadela > You are clearly invading  Privacy of Indians by launching your

Mobile App “ Seeing AI “ , described below :

 

“ Seeing AI “ can identify things in your environment – people , objects and

Even  EMOTIONS – to provide important context for what’s going on around

you . The app is also good at reading text . It can be used to take a picture

of the text .

 

THE APP CAN TELL YOU WHETHER OR NOT PEOPLE ARE REALLY LISTENING

TO WHAT YOU ARE SAYING

and ,

IT CAN DESCRIBE THE GENERAL AGE AND GENDER OF THE

PEOPLE  AROUND YOU AS WELL AS THEIR EMOTIONS

 

 

 

 

  • Can our Supreme Court prevent foreign companies – and foreign individuals ( over whom , it has no jurisdiction ) – from entering into “ Delivery Contracts “ with Indian Citizens to deliver “ Services or even Goods “ , over the Internet ? – contracts requiring that Indian Citizen to surrender his PERSONAL / PRIVATE information willingly – and agreeing that the same can be used in ANYWAY  ! )

 

 

  • If such Foreign Companies ( or Individuals ) were to obtain from those Indian Citizens , a “ Waiver “ for all / any kind of litigation / damages , can Indian Judiciary still intervene and prosecute such Foreign Companies / Individuals ?

How many will you sue ? And where ?

 

 

  • And what about PRIVATE / PERSONAL information about Indian Citizens , already available on the internet that ANYONE can scrap and even sell to others ?

To know the extent of this issue , in Google , just type :

“ Database Vendors in India “ ( Which of these 58.4 LAKH , will you sue ? )

 

 

  • What about PERSONAL / PRIVATE information that tomorrow’s ( – already here ! ) technology will “ ACQUIRE WITHOUT ASKING “ , an individual’s permission ?

 

 

 

 

While debating these LARGER ISSUES ( – which will decide whether RIGHT  TO  PRIVACY , is implementable or not ), I urge the Honourable Judges to consider the following :

 

  • Microsoft / Google / Amazon etc have started selling devices ( ASSISTANTS ) , which sit on your desk and answer many of your ( so far , simple ) questions and carry out ( so far , simple ) instructions,

But ,

These have started OBSERVING your every movement and LISTENING to your every SPOKEN WORD and relaying to the CLOUD !

 

It is only a matter of time before EVERY SMART PHONE sold in the market , is capable of all of these things – and MORE ! ( Eg :  reading your THOUGHTS and relaying to CLOUD !

 

Pl read :

 

Fast Forward to Future

https://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2016/10/fast-forward-to-future-3-f.html

 

          Artificial Intelligence : Brahma , Vishnu or Mahesh ?

   https://myblogepage.blogspot.com/2017/06/in-hindu-mythology-brahma-creator.html

·         Already, Mobile Apps come embedded with AI powered  ALGORITHMS , which tell you :

         #  What to BUY – and from WHERE

         #  The right TIME to invest , HOW much and in WHICH equity / investment

       ( – without asking you to provide your PRIVATE / PERSONAL  information )

·         By next year , you will be able to buy a REFRIGERATOR , which will place orders for food ( of course , without asking you ) on your Super Market , based on keen observation of your EATING HABITS ( – some would consider , PRIVATE  ? )

     Who knows , before long , that computer database of the Super Market ( which

     has stored all of your food preferences ) , will deliver food without your fridge

     ordering – and even recommend to your friends , what you have been eating !

     I have no doubt that in the years to come , our devices / appliances will take over

     more and more decisions of our life , just by observing us 24*7 !

·         Self Driving cars will come to a sudden stop if you happen to cross the road and save your life,

 

          But ,

          It’s camera ( which noticed you / photographed you ) will know precisely WHO

          you are , WHERE you live , WHAT you do ! Of course , without asking for your

          details !  Who cares  as long as you are not over-run !

·         As a citizen , you expect the Government to provide COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH –

     CARE , throughout your life

          That would require ( apart from issuing an AADHAAR id at birth ) , collection

          of following , about each new born ( – and “ about to be born “ as well ? ) :

          #   Details of both , Father and Mother

          #   Stem Cell samples /  DNA- GENOME mapping

          #   Blood Group data – Blood Chemistry – Pathological Test Data

          #   Height – Weight – Colour – Retina Scan

          #   ECG – EEG – Respiratory Data – CT Scan – X Ray

          #   Vaccination Details…..etc

          Would you / should you raise PRIVACY CONCERNS , if Government decides that

          any Doctor or Hospital treating you during your entire life , can access your data

          over internet  ?

         Or , the next door “ Chemist Shop “ deliver to you that “ Customized Medicine “ at

         the right instance in your life’s journey  ?

·         Find some more arguments ( for withdrawing “ life support system “ to a patient suffering from a terminal illness ) , read :

          Privacy  does  not  live  here

         https://myblogepage.blogspot.com/2017/07/privacy-does-not-live-here.html

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 23  July  2017

www.hemenparekh.in / blogs

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