All your data are belong to us. (HARPA)


On Thursday, The Washington Post published a report alleging that the Trump administration has been presented with a project that would use technology as a means of collecting data on human subjects in order to prevent mental health-related violence.

The outlet states that a new governmental agency would be created, called the Health Advanced Research Projects Agency, or HARPA, and that the agency would be Russian-dolled inside the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

According to the report, the HARPA agency was initially proposed by the Suzanne Wright Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the process by which treatments and cures for various diseases are uncovered and implemented.

The foundation states that HARPA is "modeled after the spectacularly successful DARPA unit at the Department of Defense, [and] would leverage federal research assets and private sector tools to build new capabilities for diseases that have not benefitted from the current system."

The document goes on to list a number of widely used technologies it suggests could be employed to help collect data, including Apple Watches, Fitbits, Amazon Echo and Google Home. The document also mentions "powerful tools" collected by health-care provides like fMRIs, tractography and image analysis.

Comments

  • Zed said:

    The document goes on to list a number of widely used technologies it suggests could be employed to help collect data, including Apple Watches, Fitbits, Amazon Echo and Google Home.




    Finally! A terrible government program that doesn't affect me.
  • Such a great idea.  I can't see any downsides.
  • There is literally no way that this information could be misused.
  • I would be surprised if this isn't already available and being used, it's just not quite as developed or broadly used as it could/should be.
  • Russian-dolled?!?!?!

    I KNEW IT!!!!
  • Like Zuk I don't use any of those devices either. I wish I could tale more solace in my cynism and suspicion being validated in spades, but, no.
  • I think it's cute that y'all thought you owned your data in the first place.
  • I just wish I could find some way to make a royalty off of all of the sales of my data.
  • I just wish I could find some way to make a royalty off of all of the sales of my data.

    Go all-in on loyalty programs with every business you patronize. They already mine your data, so you might as well get something in return. Points, miles, coupons, whatever.
  • My sisters were trying to get me to submit a saliva sample for a 23 and Me submission. I told the, FB knowing what kind of sweaters I'm shopping for, or even Google tracking my kinky porn searches is one thing... Maintaining a record of my DNA profile is something else entirely.
  • I have two views on that matter... One, I agree, I won't send in my DNA, I don't want it to be used for things I don't like, like denying me for insurance. However, I assume it's already out there and in several data warehouses or data lakes or whatever they are calling these days.
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