SC Raises Concerns Over Requiring Accused to Share Google Location Pin

  • 30 Apr 2024

On 29th April, 2024, the Supreme Court expressed reservations regarding the practice of mandating accused individuals to share their Google location pin with investigating officers, citing potential violations of the right to privacy.

Key Points

  • Judicial Observations: A Bench reserved its verdict on an appeal filed by Nigerian national Frank Vitus, challenging a Delhi High Court order that compelled him to share his Google Map location as a condition for bail in a drugs case.
  • Privacy Debate: The requirement for accused persons to share their Google location as a bail condition has sparked discussions about privacy concerns and fundamental rights.
  • Court's Inquiry: The apex court previously sought assistance from Google to better understand the technology involved and assess its implications on fundamental rights.