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Sharing Google PIN as a condition for bail violates right to privacy: SC

Last Updated on July 8, 2024 by News Desk

An appeal was filed against the conditions that were imposed by the Delhi HC, whereby the Nigerian national, Frank Vitus was granted bail, who was a accused in a drugs case

The bench comprised of Justices Abhay S Oka and Ujjal Bhuyan.

The bench had directed on a previous hearing, for Google India to explain the pin-sharing feature and how does access to location works through Google Maps.

The court remarked that making it a condition for the bail will hit the right to privacy guaranteed under Article 21.

The court said that the conditions for the bail cannot be ‘fanciful, arbitrary or freaking’

It said that the technology can’t be used to keep a constant vigil on anyone.

Also, the feature does not enable real-time tracking which makes it all the more redundant.

It was ruled by the SC on Monday that it is not allowed for the courts to give an order, directing the accused to share his Google PIN with the authorities and make it a condition for the bail.

Written By:- Shianjany Pradhan (@SHIANJANYPRADHAN)

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