As cyber-crimes in India increasing day by day, on 21st September, 2018 a notice has been issued by the Madras High Court to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and WhatsApp. This notice has been issued during a hearing of a PIL (Public Interest Litigation) filed by Antony Clement Rubin. The main purpose of filing this PIL is to seek directions to the Government to link social media accounts with Aadhaar or any government-authorized identity proof to prevent cybercrimes. It has been pleaded by Rubin that linking government authorized identity proof or Aadhaar with social media accounts should be mandatory for the protection of e-citizens of India. Now a days almost everyone has android phone and almost everyone has social media account, as a result, cybercrimes like data theft, defamation, cyberstalking, identity theft, transmission of obscene material in electronic form, cheating by impersonation through computer resource etc. increasing day by day. As these social media companies do not provide details in case of commission of any cyber-crime, a bench of Justice S Manikumar and Subramonium Prasad issued the notice.
Google India requested to the Honourable Court that a fresh notice should be issued to YouTube LLC and Google LLC but Justice S Manikumar refused to issue a fresh notice as the Court thinks the disposal of the writ petition should not be delayed. The Court said that “service provider has a duty and responsibility, to provide adequate information to the investigation agency”. The Bench ordered that it has been directed by them that YouTube LLC and Google LLC should enter appearance.
Tags : #Linking Social Media A/C to Aadhaar