Mentale privacy
Mental privacy?
Free will?
Thought police?

Let's all campaign for a world where our MENTAL PRIVACY is enshrined in fundamental laws.

Created: July 15, 2023. Updated: September 8, 2023

Hey governments, politicians and media, can we finally have a discussion about what the people of the world want the next 20-50 years?

Nothing is as private, as intimate and as undeniably ours as our minds. The last decades have seen tremendous progress in decoding our brain activity, and this is accelerating with the use of Artificial Intelligence. This has many advantages for medical science, but these advances can also be used in bad ways. We do not want our thoughts and emotions to be read and manipulated, our body monitored and controlled. Therefore, we need new laws (new human rights) that explicitly protect our mental privacy.

And, very important, these new laws must also prohibit all government organizations including the military, intelligence agencies, national and local police, and their contractors, from using neurotechnologies in any way against civilians.

If we cannot arrange this, all is lost.

Let me try to explain
What's going on?
Governments and organizations want to access and manipulate your brain, not tomorrow but today.
Do you have any proof of this?

Here are some articles / documents:

And here are some presentations:

Coming soon: Thought police (investigation and truth-finding; risk assessment; intervention):

Is it urgent?
Yes, it is very urgent, we must act now because, once our brains are controlled, we will not be able to act anymore. Our brain is the last frontier, if we loose control over it then our life has ended.
How can the brain be accessed and manipulated?
This can be done with neurotechnology. Wikipedia: 'Neurotechnology encompasses any method or electronic device which interfaces with the nervous system to monitor or modulate neural activity.' Neurotechnology technologies are already very advanced today. They can be used for good things, but also to do bad things.
But for this I need to be implanted, right?
No, this is not necessary. Also, electrodes on your head are not needed. Brain signals can be received for example by (special prepared) headsets and earbuds, but also from a distance. Our brain is also a transmitter and receiver.
Tell me, what is the problem?
The problem is that technology has become increasingly sophisticated, and our brain has no firewall. In most cases you will not be able to recognize that your brain is accessed or manipulated. And even if you were able to recognize this, there is no way for you to stop it. Our brain signals can also be recorded from a distance.
Can you mention more problems?

Here are some examples:

  • Some organizations may already scan and use your brain data (neurodata) because there is no law that tells them not to do this.
  • In many countries, law enforcement, including police, is preparing to use neurotechnology for investigation and truth-finding, risk assessment and intervention. This is like the thought-police, we do not want this, do we?
  • In the very near future, states and organizations may make access to services like health-care, education, work, dependent on our consent to share our brain data (neurodata) with them.
  • And today there are many questions, like smartwatches that measure your heartbeat. A camera and sensor in a car that watches your eyes, and measures your skin conductance. If this data is in the cloud, then you are sharing mental data. Today this has not been properly regulated.
What must we do?
We need new laws to protect our mental privacy, current laws are hopelessly outdated.
What is mental privacy?

Mental privacy is:

  1. Freedom and privacy of thoughts, intentions, emotions and freedom from manipulation of these.

    Nobody should be allowed to read our thoughts, intentions, emotions, or control them with neurotechnologies. We must have free will meaning that we should have ultimate control over our own decision making, without any influence and/or manipulation from neurotechnologies. And under no circumstances may neurotechnology be used to disrupt or alter, for any instance of time, a person's sense of self.

  2. Freedom and privacy of control of your body parts.

    Our brain is a computer, and by accessing and manipulating the brain, our body parts can be accessed and manipulated too. Someone could give you epileptic seizures, control movement of limbs like your arms and legs, induce pain, even control your erection or orgasm.

What happens if we do nothing?
Then states will transform into a totalitarian states, where citizens are turned into bio-robots, controlled by supercomputers.
How big is this problem?
This is a problem of every person in the world, unless you have no problem becoming a bio-robot of course. The problem is bigger than that of nuclear weapons after World War II. We must make the (super)powers in the world agree to save humanity by protecting our mental privacy. All states must participate.
If this is so urgent then why didn't I hear of this before?

Our governments do not inform us, because they do not want to inform us, nobody likes a government that can look inside your brain and control you with neurotechnology.

However, there are people, often scientists and philosophers, who have been clamoring for years that we must regulate mental privacy. And in 2021, Chile became the first nation in the world to have a constitution that addresses the challenges neurotechnologies. Also Spain is working on this. And the United Nations recently started a study to quantify the dangers of neurotechnology for human rights.

And who is going to check that everyone is complying with these new laws?
This must be an international body like the United Nations OHCHR, or the IAEA (Internation Atomic Energy Agency). Citizens of the world must have unlimited access to this organization, where they can report violations, attacks with this technology. Nation states can not be trusted. Every nation state violates human rights.
How can I prove that my brain is accessed or manipulated?
This is a problem that must solved as soon as possible. New (cheap) measurement devices must be developed of which the results can be used as proof.
And what about the military, intelligence agencies and law enforcement?

The most advanced technology is in the military and they are not going to tell us about this. No problem, if the military of one country wants to attack the military of another country, let them do it. Intelligence agencies and law enforcement also want to use this technology. We cannot stop neurotechnology developments but we can and we must forbid the military, intelligence agencies and law enforcement (and their contractors) to use neurotechnology in whatever way against civilians, even if they are criminals.

If we would allow neurotechnology to be used against criminals then the governments will make laws (read: use existing laws) that can put everyone under a criminal investigation, meaning a subject of neurotechnology surveillance and manipulation.

We cannot trust our governments, look how everything we do is tracked today. They started by telling us they needed anti-terrorist laws to monitor Jihad groups. Then they used these laws to monitor journalists and activists. Today these laws are used to track everyone. To governments, every citizen is a (potential) terrorist.

Meanwhile, many governments are exploring how to apply neurotechnology in criminal law. Did you see the movie Minority Report? This movie is about Pre-crime, the idea that a crime can be anticipated before it happens. You did not see it? Then try to watch it anyway. That's one of the things governments are working on right now.

Introducing neurotechnology in criminal law, is the beginning of the end.

What about 'experts', what do they think?

Do not let so-called experts confuse you. The solution is very simple: Neurotechnology and civilians is a no-go. All neurotechnology scientists work for governments. Although some may appear to be (very) concerned, they also have well-paid jobs and status. Some even work for the military. Can we really trust their opinions?

But what if I do want to share (part of) my brain data?

There are many occasions when you want to share (part of) your mental privacy. For example for a medical application. Other examples are when playing a game, or using a brain-controlled RC helicopter. In these cases:

  • The consent must be voluntary and explicit;
  • An explicit reason for the access must be provided by the neurotechnology provider.
  • The period of time of the access must be provided by the neurotechnology provider.
  • If neurodata is acquired:
    • The location(s) where the neurodata is processed must be provided by the neurotechnology provider.
    • The security measures taken at these locations must be provided by the neurotechnology provider.
    • Any transfer of acquired neurodata to locations other than those explicitly mentioned is strictly prohibited.
  • If the neurodata is also stored:
    • The storage location(s) must be provided by the neurotechnology provider.
    • The security measures taken at the storage locations must be provided by the neurotechnology provider.
    • Any transfer of acquired neurodata to locations other than those explicitly mentioned is strictly prohibited.
  • Etc.
So, what do you want to do?
There are many neurorights initiatives but most do not go far enough to protect humanity. Neurorights First proposes maximum mental privacy for humanity. Any softening will lead to what we call 'the-end-humanity-as-we-know-it'.
And what can I do?
You can help by spreading this message. Talk about it with your family, friends, co-workers. Send this page to your government, politicians. Send it to all media you know. Send it to the United Nations and human rights organizations.
  • Current legislation is hopelessly outdated.
  • Neurotechnology and civilans is a no-go.
  • Consent must be explicit, with very extensive safeguards.
  • New laws must explicitly prohibit all government organizations including military, intelligence agencies, national and local police, and their contractors, from using neurotechnologies in any way against civilians. Including NO neurotechnology applications in criminal law.
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