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Now hackers can hack your brain to steal data

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Now hackers can hack your brain to steal data
Security of Smartphones and laptop is must in today’s life, as person’s all the details from his personal and professional life lies there, but wait what if I say now you should think to secure your day to day thinking also? Yes, you hear it correct. Now, even thinking is insecure and is open to hackers.

In the recent report, it has been highlighted that future 'mind reading' technology could allow hackers to steal or even delete data from our brains unless new human rights laws are prepared to protect against exploitation and loss of privacy, researchers have warned.

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As the report published in Times of India (Gadgets Now), “New advances in neurotechnology could put the 'freedom of the mind' at risk, and to prevent this, researchers suggest four new laws right to cognitive liberty, right to mental privacy, right to mental integrity and the right to psychological continuity.”

"The mind is considered to be the last refuge of personal freedom and self-determination, but advances in neural engineering, brain imaging, and neuro-technology put the freedom of the mind at risk," said Marcello Ienca, Ph.D. student at the University of Basel in Switzerland.

"Our proposed laws would give people the right to refuse coercive and invasive neurotechnology, protect the privacy of data collected by neurotechnology, and protect the physical and psychological aspects of the mind from damage by the misuse of neurotechnology," said Ienca.

Advances in neurotechnology, such as sophisticated brain imaging and the development of brain-computer interfaces, have led to these technologies moving away from a clinical setting and into the consumer domain.

While these advances may be beneficial for individuals and society, there is a risk that the technology could be misused and create unprecedented threats to personal freedom.

"Brain imaging technology has already reached a point where there is discussion over its legitimacy in criminal court, for example as a tool for assessing criminal responsibility or even the risk of re-offending," said Roberto Andorno.

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"Consumer companies are using brain imaging for 'neuromarketing', to understand consumer behavior and elicit desired responses from customers," said Andorno.

"There are also tools such as 'brain decoders' which can turn brain imaging data into images, text or sound," he said.

"All of these could pose a threat to personal freedom which we sought to address with the development of four new human rights laws," he added.

As neuro-technology improves and becomes commonplace, there is a risk that the technology could be hacked, allowing a third-party to 'eavesdrop' on someone's mind.

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