“On the one hand, the mobile phones are very empowering in nature, but on the other hand, these mobile phones have also created a situation where government and the companies may be watching you. “If someone wants to track you down, it becomes very easy today through mobile phones. For repressive governments, it has actually become a new tool for repression,” he said.
Shetty said that most of the constitutions enshrine the right to privacy as a fundamental right of a citizen and there is a good reason why this provision has been made. “Governments have a responsibility to protect the citizens and they have got this very legitimate right to provide security. But this right comes with a lot of responsibility. So if you want to collect data and to snoop on people, you have to have a legal basis for doing so. You cannot just do the mass surveillance,” he said. (PTI)