According to the IndiaTimes , Bengaluru cops throw privacy out of window, share over 40K phone numbers on Twitter.
But in their own backyard, Bengaluru police have been publishing on Twitter the phone numbers of thousands of citizens reporting various crimes such as gambling on the streets, random quarrels and harassment of women.
The numbers of complainants calling the emergency number 100
A senior police officer at Bengaluru police’s Command Control was unapologetic for the breach of privacy. The tweets are generated automatically and meant to ‘show’ the number of calls received by the control room and the number of people using the new app, he said.
It is obvious that the accused will know who registered the complaint and privacy does not matter here
Expectedly, privacy and law experts are indignant.
“This is horrible and unpardonable,” said Supreme Court advocate KV Dhananjay. “The fact that the police did not consider it necessary to ask for permission before broadcasting someone’s identity shows how insensitive the Police Commissioner’s office has become to the privacy concern of our society.”
Pranesh Prakash, Policy Director at the Centre for Internet and Society and who has been at the forefront of the campaign against any potential misuse of Aadhaar, too, said the “police officer who ordered to create such an account should be held responsible if any harm comes to a complainant.”
Specifically requested the police to not disclose his identity
Gowda, who had informed the police control room about the sale of cigarettes within 100 meters of a school, had specifically requested the police to not disclose his identity. “(This is why) it is better to keep quiet when you see lawbreakers,” he said on hearing that Bengaluru police had published his phone number on Twitter. “This is injustice and this is the reason why people are scared to inform the police of crimes. If the accused send people to beat me, what should I do?”
Dhanusha had called the control room about some teenagers who were teasing girls at a bus stop. The police arrived and took the boys in. She, too, is now worried. “If the accused get my number, they are going to harass me. The police do not have any right to display our phone numbers in public.”