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CBI asked to be updated on device seizure rules: The Tribune India

New Delhi, December 5th

The Supreme Court urged the CBI to evolve over time, saying Monday “the world has changed, the CBI should change too.”

The comment came from a bench led by Judge SK Kaul during hearings of a PIL filed by five academics to seek guidelines for investigative agencies to confiscate personal electronic devices, such as cell phones and laptops.

When the petitioners’ attorney told the Bench that data protection handbooks for law enforcement agencies around the world were being updated, the Bench said that the CBI handbook, which outlined the procedure to be followed during an investigation, might need to be updated.

The Bench released the matter for hearing in the week beginning February 7 next year after Additional Attorney General SV Raju said the center had already filed an affidavit and it could finally be heard.

The center maintained that the right to privacy is not absolute and had previously told the Supreme Court that it was a blanket order to return all personal digital devices, such as cellphones and laptops, belonging to the individuals being examined.

In an affidavit filed before the Supreme Court, the center said that while the right to privacy exists in all jurisdictions around the world, statutory law allows for its regulation and there can be no blanket exclusions. —TNS

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The SC comment came during the hearing of a PIL filed by five academics seeking guidelines for investigative agencies to confiscate electronic devices such as cell phones and laptops.

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