Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Three got it Right !



In the “ Right to  Privacy “ litigation before a 9 judge Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court , arguments concluded yesterday , ending 6 days of “ beating around the bush “ !


But , at least 3 parties seem to have got it RIGHT :


·         Justice D Y Chandrachud cautioned that privacy could not be raised to a level so as to stifle innovation ….. those adjudicating on privacy must ensure that our quest for innovation is not stifled

[  source : Hindustan Times / 03 Aug  ]


·         Additional Solicitor General , Tushar Mehta contended :

“  Whether or not the Court declares it as a fundamental right , there is very little of it left in this information age

·         The Unique Identity Development Authority of India ( UIDAI ), the agency that enrols citizens for Aadhaar and issues the 12-digit identity number , argued that privacy was an elusive notion in the online age “

[ source : Economic Times / 03 Aug  ]



Apparently , they were privy to the planned publication of following report in today’s Economic Times :



“ Taxmen Tap Data Analytics to Uncover Benami Deals “



Bank deposits , property registration , tax returns, PAN, Social Media posts, foreign travel and credit card statements under taxman’s scrutiny


Big data analytics undertaking cross referencing of different data & raising red flags


Tax department to start action within 3 months




All of this started with the petitioners opposing the linking of Aadhaar with the PAN ( Permanent Account Number ) issued to income tax payers




How myopic can you get ?



All that the government has to do is :


·         Tell the Supreme Court : We will not ask for Aadhar Number to be linked to PAN


·         Tell UIDAI and Income Tax department , to issue ( or re-issue ) those documents ( cards bearing unique numbers ), only AFTER recording the following BIOMETRIC data :


#    IRIS scan

#    Finger-print scan

#    Voice-print scan

#    Facial Recognition scan



·         Get the Central Server ( BIG DATA BROTHER ? ) to “ Match “ those Bio-metric Scans , to establish that “ desired linkage “ !


    As simple as that !  No Rocket Science  !



It is about time someone read out the following news to the Hon Judges :



[ source : Times of India / 01 Aug ]


AI Chatbots spook Facebook , Shut Down



Facebook shut down an AI system on Monday , where chatbots had started speaking in their OWN  LANGUAGE , without human input


In June, Facebook said the bots had created a  NEW  LANGUAGE that only AI systems could understand  and NO HUMAN  COULD  !


These bots also proved to be “ INCREDIBLY  CRAFTY  NEGOTIATORS


In BOT – to – BOT interactions , the Bots even began feigning interest in one item in order to “ sacrifice “ it at a later stage of a NEGOTIATION , as a faux compromise





Future historians might write :


India was born , a free nation on 15 Aug 1947

70 years later , Privacy began its terminal illness on 15 Aug 2017


Although , some continued to be in denial !





03  Aug  2017


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