Thursday, 4 May 2017

Privacy ? What is that ?



Of late , news papers and TV channels are full of reports re “ leak “ of some 13 crore of Aadhar “ data “


Sometime back , 1.2 BILLION Yahoo accounts were hacked !


It is the same story with the web sites of other technology / e-commerce firms
Even the ultra-secure Pentagon Servers have been penetrated !




Supreme Court is asking the Central government :
“ Why is it necessary to insist on Aadhar ID to file a Tax return ? “


Government says :


“ PAN-Aadhar linking needed to curb tax evasion
There has been cases of bogus / fake PAN cards ( - and , of course Ration Cards ! ) “




In the meantime , governments ( both Central and the States ) are requiring Aadhar Id for ever more benefits / services that need to be delivered to the citizens


Now , all of us have been filling in / typing out , our Aadhar Number in any number of forms for the past 5 years


That almost puts our “ Aadhar Number “ in public domain !



Shri B A Pandey ( CEO of UIDAI ) says :


“ The leaked databases do not pose a real threat to the people whose information is publicly available because the Aadhar Number cannot be misused without biometrics “



As of now , Aadhar has IRIS and FINGER Print recognition


I believe , it is only a matter of time before VOICE recognition too , gets added  !



I am surprised why no one seems to be asking :


·         Does our mobile phones / mobile apps relay EVERYTHING about us to their designers / manufacturers , all the time ? ( Ans : Have no doubts ! )



·         Do Google / Facebook / Linkedin / Twiter etc know your “ intentions “ and pass these onto e-commerce companies for a hefty price ? ( Ans : You bet they do ! )



·         What will remain “ private “ when IP V 6.0 arrives , when EVERY single object on your body ( and in your immediate surrounding ) , gets a unique URL number and captures your voice / movement / intentions on 24*365 basis and relays that DATA to the BIG BROTHER ? ( Ans : Nothing ! )




Scott McNally (  one time CEO , Sun Micro Systems ) was a visionary


Some 10 years back , he said :


“ Privacy is dead . Period . Get over it “



400+ million poor people of India are simply NOT bothered about the on- going debate



Their only concern is :


Will the government give them ( and their starving children ) , 2 meals a day , in return for any and all the information it wants ?





04  May  2017




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