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

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Nightmare ? #Aadhar #Privacy #DataProtection





Imagine this scenario :


·         A mischief-monger types in Google :  Justice Dipak Misra


·         Selects :   Videos


·         Finds    :    About 40,700 results ( 0.12 seconds )


·         Downloads  Video :   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEa9iE5tbCY

  
·         From this video, extracts  Audio profile “ of Justice Misra’s speech , using :

      Audio Converter



·         Pastes this “ Audio Profile “ into :

     Lyrebird { https://lyrebird.ai/  } , to generate a “ Digital Voice “ of Justice Misra
     which sounds exactly like Justice Misra  ! ( You too can try this for fun ! It is free )


·         Or , for an even better sounding / much more realistic voice of Justice Misra, pastes this at :


 

·         Now he looks up :







           This will help him replace the stage and the persons sharing the dais with
           Justice Misra ( from the above-linked video ) , with the background of the
           other Judges sharing the Supreme Court bench !


           

·         What he now needs , is a “ judgement  speech “ that he wants Justice Misra’s fake / re-mixed, video to deliver in his realistic sounding “ digital voice “ , using indistinguishable facial features / gestures / mannerism / expressions etc that would “ fool “ the most tech-savvy


Here  is  a speech drafted by me :


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Dear Petitioners and Opponents :



For past few months, we have heard arguments from the learned advocates of , both the petitioners and of the government , in respect of the legitimacy of linking Aadhar ID to a large number of government schemes


We have been told that such universal linkages will take away a citizen’s fundamental “ Right to Privacy “ and lead to a “ Surveillance State “ having draconian powers over the citizens


At the same time, we have been keeping a close watch on the following developments :



#     With each passing day , millions of Indian Citizens are getting access to
       Internet



#     These millions are daily downloading millions of Mobile Apps ( including
       Mobile wallets ) and providing personal data to millions of E Commerce web
       sites  /  Search Engines  /  Social Media web sites / Messaging applications /
       Fintech services / Travel services etc , using GPS enabled Smart phones /
       Glasses / Wrist Bands / Smart Watches / Home Assistant Devices  etc



#   According to one study, people typically touch their phones 2,617 times per
     day , leaving a particularly enticing trail of data to mine



#   Facebook is even scanning user posts in the US and some other countries for
     signs of possible suicidal thoughts, without giving users a choice of opting out
     of the scans .  Who has access to that information ?



#   Mindstrong Health, a mental health start-up has developed a research
     platform to continuously monitor users’ phone habits , looking at changes in
     taps and clicks for hints about mood and memory changes associated with
     depression .



     Thousands of AI start-ups are daily launching hundreds of such
     mobile-based services which are offered FREE to anyone



       
#     The data provided by Indian Citizens for getting an Aadhar ID, is miniscule
       in comparison with the personal / private data that the Citizens are already
       providing to these non-state agencies


       

#     Most citizens , while accessing such services are agreeing that the service
       provider can use their personal data in any way it deems fit and share it with
       anyone else , without telling / informing the user as to the actual usage or
       its sharing



#    The number of Internet-connected devices ( without doubt , GPS
      enabled ) are growing exponentially and expected to reach 50 device per
      person by 2020



#    Each of these device will be embedded with micro-sensors which will pick-up
      all the personal / private conversations of a user and transmit it to the
     Central servers of , not only the device manufacturers but also of the Internet
     Service providers involved .



     At this stage , we urge the Petitioners to remember that many of tomorrows
     Internet Service Providers , would be beaming internet from Satellites and
    balloons , located thousands of kilometres above India and will not be subject
     to any Indian Regulatory Authority



   For collecting / transmitting the personal / private data of the users , these IoT
   devices will carry an automatic “ Activation Clause / Terms“ which will grant to
   these devices, unfettered rights ( by the user ) to do so , the moment it gets
   switched on for the first time or the moment the packaging box is opened !


   
    

     

#   European Union is preparing legislation to force companies to turn over
    customers’ personal data when requested, even if it is stored on servers
    outside the bloc . The planned law would apply to all companies around the
    world that do business in European Union



#   Digital borders are a growing global issue in an era where big companies
    operate cloud networks of giant data centres which means an individual’s data
    can reside anywhere




           #   Advances in Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning / AR / VR / Hepatic
                 Devices / Holograms etc are progressing so rapidly that  , as per recent
                scientific predictions, by 2022  Robots will become commonplace in most
                middle-income homes, able to reliably read lips and recognize face, mouth
                and hand gestures. All toys will be  “smart” with built-in machine learning



#   Scientists also seem to agree that content in all of its form ( textual - audio –
     video – sensory ) , generated by all human beings on the earth will get
     captured automatically / continuously and flow seamlessly , across billions of
     internet connected devices and will no more remain confined to a few servers



     All of this will happen involuntarily and an individual will have neither any say
     on this nor will anyone be able to opt-out from this scenario. This flow of a
     person’s private data will start from birth



#   Technology has advanced so far – and continues to accelerate even faster –
     that it is possible to treat “ Content ( personal  / private data ) “ like an air
     molecule , which keeps travelling freely around the earth and gets inhaled a
     trillion times ( content consumption ) by a billion humans . Introduction of 5G
     and Li-Fi technologies  will speed up this process even further



#   With the arrival of Quantum Computing , it will soon become possible for the
     same content ( personal / private data ) , to exist simultaneously at multiple
     places , but in differing formats



     A “ Text Posting “ on Facebook may well appear on different media as
     Voice  or  Image  or  Smell  or  Touch !



    
In light of these considerations, this court has reached following conclusions :



#   For delivering of different kind of services by the Government to the citizens , Aadhar
     ID is essential



#   The data required to be submitted for getting Aadhar ID is minimum and poses no
     danger to the privacy of the citizens



#   For obtaining services from private parties , it is up to the citizen concerned to decide
     if he wants to furnish his Aadhar ID or not . In case of his unwillingness, he may
     have to forgo such service



#   It is up to the Legislative wing to examine as to what extent it can protect the
     private / personal data of a citizen from getting “ mis-used “ by Private parties , and
     whether enacting an appropriate DATA PROTECTION LAW , can serve this purpose ,
     in a situation where the citizens are willingly parting with such data to all-and-sundry
    , and explicitly authorizing these Private parties for unfettered / unlimited use of such
     Data



     While considering to enact such LAW , government should consider the enforceability
     of such a law and whether it should be government or the aggrieved citizen who need
     to lodge a complaint for a breach of the agreement entered into by the citizen and
     the private party and to which , the government is NOT a party , nor has any
     knowledge of the terms and conditions of such an agreement




#   The court directs the government to ensure that requirement of Aadhar is restricted
     only to the essential services being delivered by various government agencies and
     not extended to non-essential services in a frivolous manner




#   The court further directs the government that even in case of essential services , no
     citizen is ever denied a service just because he is unable to provide Aadhar ID



#   The petition stands dismissed




SIGNED  :  Justice  Dipak  Misra


Date      :   05  March  2018



     


FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE READERS :



     Parallel to the Theory of Thermodynamics , I would like to propound the
     following  as far as the “ Theory of Information “ is concerned :

     
       Like Entropy , content keeps growing with each and every human
     interaction , either with other humans or with his environment , and content
     can no longer remain hidden , nor can it be destroyed 





Now , I await some IT geek to create a Video as described by me here ( clearly marked “ fake “ ) , and send to me on……hcp@RecruitGuru.com






05  March  2018



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