> a strict "right to an explanation" seems like it may > actually create limits on machine learning and AI in > Europe -- potentially hamstringing projects by requiring > them to be limited to levels of human understanding
Yep. I know of a both a private company and a police department in my area that require applicants to log in to their Facebook accounts during the interview and then step away from the computer while they peruse your account.
If you tell them you don't have a Facebook account, they assume that you deleted it in anticipation of the interview so that they wouldn't find anything negative about you. (Or that you're not socialized properly for the modern era, i.e., weird.)
> Unfortunately, the court is limited to what it can do in response to > the DOJ's misconduct.
Not as limited as you imply. The court could hold the lawyers in contempt, make them serve some time in jail and fine them personally for their dishonesty, and it could refer them all to their various bar associations for disciplinary action, to include disbarment.
The fact that court chose to do none of this in favor of some in-service ethics classes, which the attendees will spending either sleeping through or playing on their smart-phones, indicates the court didn't actually find outright lying by the government to be very troubling at all.
This article is very messily written, which makes figuring out the facts difficult.
First, there's the inclusion of ridiculous hyperbole, which seems to be a requirement for all media these days:
"...an attempt to disguise the true purpose of the cameras mounted up front, which are high-powered automatic license plate readers."
So what exactly is the difference between a high-powered LPR and a low- or medium-powered LPR? What function does "high-powered" serve here other than to increase the drama factor of the article?
Then we're told this:
"Blaze also spotted a Pennsylvania State Police parking placard on the dash."
"The city's fleet manager denied the vehicle belonged to the State Police."
If the placard said state police, why would you go to the *city*'s fleet manager to track it down. Wouldn't you make inquiries with the state?
And in the end, it turns out that the vehicle was a city vehicle after all, which makes the initial claim that it had a state police placard on the dash suspect.
Then there are the assumptions the author makes that are unwarranted. In criticizing the attempt to disguise an SUV, we get this:
"Google tends to use vehicles with lower profiles, better gas mileage, and very distinctive branding/camera setups. Anyone stupid enough to believe a hulking SUV with a city parking permit was a Google Maps vehicle..."
Here a clue to the author: not everyone is as immersed in the tech world as you are and don't know (or care) what kind of vehicles Google uses, so an average Joe or Jane who sees an SUV on street with a Google logo on the side is not "stupid" for not realizing that's not the type of vehicle Google employs.
> Would you say that US laws are unenforceable outside of the US? Or just that > Indians are just more inept?
More like the governments of other countries are spineless and roll over for the U.S. instead of protecting their citizens like they're supposed to.
The reason India's law is unenforceable here in the U.S. is that the U.S. won't allow it to be. If other countries grew a pair and said the same to U.S. authorities when they try legislating for the world, their people would be much better off.
> If this is indeed the case, even though there is almost no chance of being > prosecuted especially if I never go to India, the law implications are > staggering.
This is hardly the first time this kind of issue has come up.
In most countries in Europe, Holocaust denial and publication of Nazi symbols and imagery is illegal. In the earliest days of the public internet, various prosecutors in Germany and France attempted to shut down US websites that violated their anti-Nazi laws and/or prosecute their owners. Since that sort of thing is squarely 1st Amendment protected speech in the US, the European prosecutors were never successful and they've basically just learned to live with the fact that Americans can put Nazi stuff on the internet with impunity and their only recourse is to block those sites from access within Germany, France, etc.
This law won't apply to any company that has no physical presence in India. If I acquire and publish satellite imagery of India from my office in California, India can't do anything to me. In fact, it's 1st Amendment protected speech.
That's what's ironic about the whole thing. India claims it's doing this for national security reasons, but this law won't do anything to stop foreigners outside India's borders-- people who are most likely to be a security concern to India-- from creating and analyzing overhead images and maps of India.