Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

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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