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

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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