Internet privacy problems replicate in Kashmir hearing.
New Delhi, Nov 27 The dilemma connected with Internet privacy echoed in the Supreme Court on Wednesday, as it pondered over the issue that if the government were to read all messages exchanged through various modes of communication then there may not be any privacy. A bench headed by N.V. Ramana was hearing the submissions of senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, challenging the restrictions imposed on Internet in the Kashmir Valley, that has impacted the livelihood of traders and common people.The Centre has warranted the limitation on the Internet citing social networking platform being used to serve the attention of a part of folks trying to propagate anti-state sentiments.
The court asked Sibal:”You look for WhatsApp in some situations, can government ban it in a particular location?
The bench asked was Sibal stating there shouldn’t have been any restriction on Internet at all?
The court observed that one to one submission in Internet communication is not accurate. “If I have email id, then I can send to thousand,” said a judge on the bench. Mehta said it is one to million. Sibal responded the goverment can temporarily ban WhatsApp in a given position, and we have said it should be carried out. Sibal said:”You will find organisation in our country which may read exactly what you do, for instance NTRO that has same mandate as IB. “Justice Ramana stated:”So are you saying there’s not any solitude? “Sibal responded that there should not be in issues of national security, also insisted programs like WhatsApp don’t undermine privacy.Earlier, throughout the hearing that the Solicitor General told the apex court that the positioning of the user id can be camouflaged. Sibal stated on terrorism we are on the side of the establishment, but it cannot be an argument to paralyze lives of seven thousand people in the region. Sibal said technologies has to be balanced , and cited the example of nuclear energy,”that this technology was utilized in Hiroshima, but we use for power”.He claimed that unnatural conditions are induced through constraints.
Sibal said the admissions on Kashmir is not about the past instead it is about the future, and the nation shouldn’t muzzle the voice of common people.Sibal also highlighted instances of abuse of technology. “Morphed pictures of me and my wife with beef in hand being circulated for last five years…. But we can’t do anything about it. Question is can everything be prohibited because of this?”