Protect privacy of children: Justice Kaul

‘In both virtual world and real world’

August 24, 2017 11:50 pm | Updated 11:51 pm IST - New Delhi

Sanjay Kishan Kaul.

Sanjay Kishan Kaul.

Privacy of children requires special protection in a digital age so they are not subjected to consequences of their mistakes and naivety, the Supreme Court on Thursday said.

Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, in his 47-page separate but concurring judgement holding that right to privacy is a fundamental right, also observed that children are perpetually creating digital footprints on social networking websites as they learn their ABCs — “Apple, Bluetooth and Chat”.

“Children around the world create perpetual digital footprints on social network websites on a 24/7 basis as they learn their ‘ABCs’: Apple, Bluetooth, and Chat followed by Download, E-Mail, Facebook, Google, Hotmail, and Instagram. “They should not be subjected to the consequences of their childish mistakes and naivety their entire life. Privacy of children will require special protection not just in the context of the virtual world, but also the real world,” Justice Kaul said.

The judge observed that technology results almost in a sort of a permanent storage in some way or the other making it difficult to begin life again giving up past mistakes. The SC ruled that “right to privacy is an intrinsic part of Right to Life and Personal Liberty.

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