• Guy Huntington

Technological Tsunami Requires New Age Laws


There’s a technological tsunami approaching our planetary shores composed of AI, AR, VR, robotics (both virtual and physical), genetic engineering, nanotechnology and wireless. It’s creating a “Non-Private” world.

In the not too distant future, each of us will be generating/receiving gigabits of highly personal data per second, including biometric/behavioral data. It will be able to traverse legal jurisdictions at the speed of an electron.

The Identity Lifecycle of Jane Doe” discusses how a person, Jane Doe, can achieve privacy in a non-private world, by using her life events to illustrate this. These include being born, losing her parents, requiring legal guardians, her first day of school, acquiring robots before she’s of legal age, coming of age, marrying, changing her gender, cloning herself, requiring power of attorney in her old age and then dying.

A new age civil registration service is proposed:

  • Obtains Jane’s fingerprints when she’s born and an iris scan during her first year of school

  • At birth:

  • The service would also grant her a legal digital identity

  • Grant Jane an anonymous digital identity, identifying her as human and below age of consent.

  • Jane’s parents/legal guardians would have the ability to delegate Jane’s legal identity to others.

The paper illustrates “zones of consent” allowing Jane to determine her degree of privacy. This ranges from acting anonymously, through to pre-granting her legal consent for her identity and/or data to be used by other parties. Links are provided within the paper to other papers, outlining the need for new data and consent laws putting control of the data into Jane’s hands.

Jane’s robots require legal identification. The paper proposes a new age civil registration service for the robots granting them legal identities.

The paper also discusses the legal implications of Jane entering a virtual sex environment. It briefly discusses the need for anonymous identification of Jane, legal proof of her being over age of consent and requirements of the equipment to authenticate Jane.

Finally, the paper poses a number of questions as to what happens to Jane’s robots upon her death.

Add it all up and new laws are required for identity, data and consent. With them, Jane can live privately in a non-private world.

Guy Huntington, President, Huntington Ventures Ltd.


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