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Legal notice to Hyderabad Police seeks action against cops searching citizens’ phones

The Hyderabad Police has a history of introducing privacy-invasive measures that appear to not have any legal backing.

Hyderabad City Police was sent a legal notice seeking information and an immediate end to surveillance activities which includes going through phones and chat details of passers-by to allegedly look for Ganja-related conversations. In the legal notice sent by independent privacy and security researcher Srinivas Kodali, with assistance from the Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF), Kodali argued that the phone-checking drive was not backed by a judicial warrant and hence, not permissible under the law. He requested Hyderabad City Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar to stop the search activities and take action against the police officials who were taking up such operations under Hyderabad Police Act 1348 Fajli; else he said that he "would seek further legal remedy including but not limited to approaching appropriate judicial fora". It is clear and apparent that the questioned activity is not backed by judicial warrants,…

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