Avner Levin, a Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management, and Chair of the Law & Business Department at Ryerson University, speaks with Katina Michael on his latest paper titled: "Privacy in Public". Avner heads Ryerson University’s Law Research Centre which focuses on research related to law and legal education. He is also the Director of the Privacy and Cyber Crime Institute, a centre for research related to privacy and cybercrime. His paper on privacy will appear in the September/October 2016 special issue of IEEE Potentials Magazine on the theme of "Unintended Consequences of Technology" guest edited by Ramona Pringle, Katina Michael and MG Michael.
Well, I feel that in the specific case of the dementia sufferers, if the carer or the person responsible for the dementia sufferer is willing, if they won’t wear a device that is removable, I feel that an implant is the only answer. Not only for the convenience of the carer but also for the subject’s safety. I’ve got great faith in the GPS system- as it is the best system of locating people over a wide area, whereas the FM band has a limited range on that pendant. GPS is global (figure 5). It would mean given the right situation, which would be no worse than the FM system, if the situation is right for the GPS, sufferers could be pinpointed within a meter or so and it would involve only sending one police car to pick them up, rather than have the whole force mobilized. Particularly in places like Sydney which is such a vast metropolis with numerous forms of transport where people with dementia could move over kilometers within a very short space of time. You’d never find them unless they were locatable by GPS.Read More