Posted: June 23rd, 2012 by Militant Libertarian
One of the most surprising patents ever to be granted to Apple has been made public today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. It is one of the most interesting patents that I have ever read. It reads like a science fiction novel borrowing from George Orwell’s 1949 book titled “Nineteen Eighty-Four.” It also has shades of the 1982 movie the “Blade Runner,” where the Master Cloner invents a method of implanting false memories into clones so as to provide them with a confident self-image. It also borrows from the movie “The Matrix,” where fooling the bots of your presence was an everyday means of survival. Apple’s patent is about saving your online identity from what they describe as the “Little Brothers Dataveillance.” It’s about a method of assisting users to keep their personal information hidden in a Cyberworld that is constantly building a profile on them. It appears that Apple will be able to “save us” from these Little Brothers in the future and it looks as though they’re going to execute this via your iCloud ID. Today’s report is deliberately lengthy so that you don’t miss a detail of Apple’s very important anti-big brother surveillance patent. This is really wild stuff.
Apple Wins Anti-Big Brother Surveillance Patent
Apple has received a Granted Patent for an Anti-Big Brother patent. Apple’s patent background states that a significant concern with electronic commerce and with the proliferation of electronic transactions is that of privacy. Individuals, particularly American citizens, have always been suspect of the motivations and actions of their government and “Big Business.” This skepticism has given rise to a variety of privacy laws and rights enjoyed by American citizens, which remains the envy of much of the rest of the world. As electronic commerce has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, users have now become increasingly concerned with confidential information that is being gathered and collected about them. The information is being collected by lawful and unlawful enterprises and the information gathering is not exclusively limited to governments.
In some cases, the electronic information being gathered is used for illegal purposes, such as electronic identity theft. In other cases, the information is gathered for lawful purposes but is extremely annoying to users, such as when targeted and aggressive marketing tactics are used. Users are growing uncomfortable with the amount of information marketers possess today about them and many feel it is an invasion of their privacy even if the marketing is currently considered to be lawful. Moreover, even legitimate and lawful enterprises that collect confidential information about a user runs the risk of having an intruder penetrate their databases and acquiring the information for subsequent unlawful purposes.