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Supreme Court Rules Against Google PIN Share as Bail Condition

Supreme Court Rules Against Google PIN Share as Bail Condition

Bail conditions that allow investigating agencies to constantly track an accused’s location are arbitrary and unlawful, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday in the case of [Frank Vitus v. Narcotics Control Bureau and Ors].

A Bench of Justices Abhay S Oka and Ujjal Bhuyan stated that it is impermissible for courts to require an accused to share their Google PIN location with police authorities as a condition for granting bail.

“The Court cannot impose a condition on the accused to keep the Police constantly informed about his movement from one place to another. The object of the bail condition cannot be to keep a constant vigil on the movements of the accused enlarged on bail. The investigating agency cannot be permitted to continuously peep into the private life of the accused enlarged on bail, by imposing arbitrary conditions since that will violate the right of privacy of the accused, as guaranteed by Article 21,” the judgment stated.

The Court further noted that sharing a Google PIN location does not enable real­-time tracking of the user or their device. This ruling reinforces the right to privacy, as protected under Article 21 of the Constitution.

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