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Apps Play A Vital Role In Invading “Privacy”

Apps Play A Vital Role In Invading “Privacy”

In fixing on the lawful status of “right to privacy,” 9 Supreme Court judges face a network that has experienced the best minds all across the globe since 1890. This came at the time when Harvard Law Review posted an article named The Right to Privacy by Justice Brandeis.

Justice Brandeis offered a nonconforming opinion in Olmstead vs the U.S. in 1928, 38 Years after co-authoring the article. He claimed that telephones’ interception sullied right to privacy. This oppose in the field of privacy might stand on balance with golden dissent of Justice H R Khanna in ADM Jabalpur case. Khanna claimed that right to life can by no means be suspended by the state, even in the case of Emergency.

In 1954, Supreme Court of India took part in the dispute for the first time in the case of M P Sharma. The case was contextually restricted to observation by police of a person. As in the majority judgment, the bench of 8 Supreme Court judges claimed that right to privacy was not a basic right.


Neither general public nor judges were sensitized to the cardinality and sensitivity of privacy of an individual. In a visionary rebel, Justice Brandeis had claimed, “More far-reaching and subtler means of occupying privacy have turned out to be available to the government. Invention and discovery have made it probable for government, by means far more effectual than widening upon the rack to achieve revelation of what is discussed in private. The evil case to assault of privacy of the telephone is far bigger as compared to that involved in meddling with the e-mails. Whenever a telephone is meddled, the privacy of the individuals at both sides of the line is assaulted and all discussions among them upon any matter (confidential,proper, and privileged) may be eavesdropped.”

Lack of alertness about data protection and privacy in India offers a fertile sector for companies owning app to dig data by selling meta-data for profitable exploitation by private firms. India has the largest (118 Crore) smartphone users in the world and 35 Crore Internet consumers.The bench of judges will inspect the lawful status of right to privacy. But it is the major responsibility of the government to inspect privacy rules of firms offering services based on app. These services regularly and routinely force Internet and mobile phone users to grant them admission to personal information.

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