In 2015, the Australian Government passed a new law stating that mobile phone providers can store their customers data for up to two years. In many other countries, this law was overruled, however in Australia, the push against the new law was minuscule in compassion to other countries.
This means that the government and different organisations have the ability to sift through our personal messages, call logs, emails, internet and landline use without our consent. Therefore, government agencies will be able to access your data without judicial law enforcement and without a warrant to investigate a suspects involvement with cyber attacks, child exploitation, terrorism crimes and other activities.
Societies dependency on their mobile devices and the internet caused them to hand over their rights to data in an act to keep the abilities and affordances that these technologies provide. This proves that a technology that was initially introduced to society as an aid to extend humans further and connect to the internet and connect with others via phone calls eventually turns into a hub for collecting our data and personal information.
With this case study, we are able to predict a similar thing to happen with brain implants. At first the started out as harmless technologies to help humanity. However, once it becomes connected with the internet with the Brain Computer Interface, there is a risk that these implants will be used to store our data, memories and information. Thus, like our meta data, can be accessed by the government and organisations without our permission.
Grubb. B 2015, ‘ Metadata retention changes explained,’ The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 October, <http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/metadata-retention-changes-explained-20151011-gk6m7p.html>