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SC refuses to stay installation of CCTV cameras in Delhi government schools

In a significant blow to students’ privacy rights, the Supreme Court of India, earlier today, refused to stay the installation of CCTV cameras and streaming from them in Delhi government schools, Bar and Bench reported. The bench constituted CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose. The PIL (available here) had been filed by Amber Tickoo, an NLU Delhi student on May 10. At that time, the SC had told the Delhi government to respond within six weeks. It is unclear what the Delhi government’s argument was. MediaNama has reached out to the government for clarification. Why is installing CCTV cameras in classrooms a bad idea? As we argued earlier this morning, this is a phenomenally bad idea: Classrooms aren’t public spaces either: Despite not being private, schools are not as public as a footpath: the expectation of…

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