LAW ET JUSTICIA LAW REVIEW

VOLUME 1 ISSUE 1

BREACH OF PRIVACY AMID COVID – 19 CRISIS: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF REGULATORY FRAMEWORKS

AUTHORED BY:

Prof. Surya Saxena, 

Professor,

Delhi Metropolitan Education

CO-AUTHORED BY:

Mr. Rishabh Jain, 

Student,

Delhi Metropolitan Education

ABSTRACT

At this juncture, where the countries around the globe are devising ways of tackling the ‘COVID – 19 pandemic’, a common strategy that has been incorporated by all nations is the “social distancing” norm which is believed to slow down the spread of the virus amongst the communities. But this has led to hindrance of physical movement. Thus, to overcome this grave situation, several corporations and educational institutions world-wide continued their working through the use of video conferencing. It was also reported that some institutes and organisations used various mechanisms to keep a vigil on the students and their employees which resulted in unnecessary invasion into their privacy. This intrusion ranged from monitoring the browsing history to usage of the device. The trouble did not end here and the video conferencing/chatting apps further breached the privacy of individuals who made use of the app because of sub-standard and weak cyber security measures. Whether organisations have the right to breach the privacy of the individuals leaves us pondering!

With hardly any alternatives available, people are left with no choice but to accept the unilaterally imposed terms and conditions of the apps. Denying them permission, will only cause inconvenience to the users.

Now, the question that hits out is whether these acts of violation of privacy should be allowed to continue? And if affirmative, then to what extent shall it be acceptable? Shouldn’t the Indian government develop certain measures to stop this violation? Can there be some alternative to such applications? To what degree are our privacy laws in tandem with the rest of the world?

Key Words: Covid – 19, Work from Home, Video Conferencing, Breach of Privacy

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