The Foundation for Media Professionals (‘FMP’) has approached the Supreme Court seeking regulation of the police’s power to search or seize electronic devices. In the petition, they highlighted that existing laws do not regulate the police’s power to search or seize electronic devices. The lack of regulation enables the police to engage in dubious practices such as mandating individuals, with or without reasonable suspicion, to grant access to mobile devices; making clones of those devices; and sharing the information they obtain with third parties or governmental agencies. These practices violate the right to privacy and the constitutional guarantee against self-incrimination. The Supreme Court has issued notice in the petition after hearing submissions from Senior Advocate Siddharth Aggarwal, who appeared on behalf of FMP. IFF provided legal support.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://internetfreedom.in/sc-issues-notice-in-fmp-petition-regulation-of-polices-power-to-search-devices/