Vol. 6, Issue 4 (2020)
Right to privacy and unethical use of cellular data
Author(s): Shubham Saini
Abstract: When it is a matter of Privacy and accountability, people always claim the former for themselves and latter for everyone else. A person’s mobile number is one of the data information; a person may or may not be aware of but, is matter of his/her Right to Privacy. With the latest inclusion of Right to Privacy in Art.21 of the Indian Constitution by the Apex Court, this paper deals with a basic and petty, yet very concerning, infringement of aforesaid right i.e. Unethical use of Cellular Data by mobile number data access and personal details access (with no clue to the owner). The insurance agents, other telecom companies, jackpot/lottery agencies etc. have the easiest access into the personal details like name, address, profession, even DOB etc through one’s mobile number –which actually must be private. This paper deals with the analysis of incidents (which are yet unknown as an infringement of Right to Privacy, even to the educated class of society) via imperial data collection by constructive sampling method implied in a Law College. The analysis studies two-way perspective of such infringements, the former and very common is the local perspective i.e. data access by local institutions where as other perspective is the international aspect which is quite perilous. The research also tries to find out the reasons behind it and what is TRAI’s role in it. Further, paper suggests the precautions and effective measures to tackle the situation.