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Donald Trump is still convinced that former president Barack Obama ordered wiretapping of Trump Tower last year, despite a congressional investigation and.

“It sounds impossible but it’s closer than you may realize,” Facebook’s Regina Dugan recently told audience members at the F8 developer conference. Dugan was referring to the social network’s plans to read users’ thoughts. Just in time to inject some practical considerations into that terrifying scenario, researchers have proposed four new human rights to protect our minds from those who might have the worst intentions.

The right to cognitive liberty would ensure that a person would be allowed “to alter one’s mental states with the help of neurotools as well as to refuse to do so.” For instance, one would have the choice to opt-in or out of techniques like the military’s experimental brain stimulation program that allegedly enhances job skills or new methods for improving and recovering memory. If adopted, this might protect citizens or workers from being forced to accept the treatments by the government or an employer.

It may seem a little early to be defining these rules when all of the technologies that are involved are still in early experimental stages. But remember that we didn’t set up basic guidelines for net neutrality before corporations were deeply invested and that doesn’t appear to be working out so well. Better sooner than never.