Recently, a petition was filed in the Delhi High Court, seeking a ban on the illegal use of unlicensed mobile spyware for hacking and espionage purposes. Because it violates the privacy of citizens. The High Court has issued notice on this petition.
Justice V Kameswara Rao, by issuing notices, has sought response from the Commissioner of Police, Delhi, Google India, Cyber Crime Cell and Cyberro Technologies Pvt Ltd and Ltd, Hello Spy, XnSpy, Spymyfone, and One store India Private Limited.
This petition was filed by Advocate Dimple Vivek. In this, there was a demand to prohibit the sale, transfer, operation, advertisement of unlicensed spy software or malware to the Center and Delhi Police.
Apart from this, there has also been a demand to issue necessary guidelines and rules to prevent its misuse. Specific instructions have also been sought on Google India to remove all advertisements in India that promote the sale of spyware.
Advocate Dimple submitted before the court that the illegal use of mobile spyware is like an invisible prison, which is not visible but violates the right to privacy of a person. This malware can be illegally inserted into any phone, due to which one’s mobile can be easily hacked, and all its activities can be monitored.
He further explained that spyware capture as much information as possible, such as tracking a person’s location, monitoring their text messages, listening to calls, capturing every photo and video available on their phone. Viewing, bending on the phone’s microphone to regulate the surroundings, etc.
Once malware is installed in a mobile, it runs in stealth mode without any notice or detection, and it is very tough to detect or remove it. Because about which we do not know anything, how to remove it? To access phone activity, the person monitoring the device is signed in with a website or app on another device.
Advocate dimple told, “Every person has the right to his privacy, therefore: the freedom of privacy must be protected by every citizen of India.” Therefore: they should not be used for other reasons than the safety of the country.
The matter will now be listed in the registrar on March 9 for hearing the petition.