Monday, February 12, 2007

Is privacy dead?

One thing continues to puzzle me about the Marlon Samuels-Mukesh Kochar saga (besides the fact that no one writing on this story is raising the questions that vex me) : Doesn't the act of tapping Samuel's phone line constitute a violation of privacy? Is it normal procedure for Indian police to tap phone lines into hotels? Do they require court orders permitting this? None of the writing on this story suggests that any such permission was obtained. Is there a standing order to the effect "given the specter of match-fixing that hangs over cricket, you are hereby granted permission to use any methods whatsoever in order to collect evidence that might figure in some criminal prosecution procedure in the future"? Clearly, the police are not taking permission from the cricketers themselves (did they take it from the WICB? from the hotel?). What is going on? Did the police also tape Chris Gayle talking to his girlfriend back in Jamaica? In short, has anyone considered that these acts, short of legal permission to do so - and presumably that permission would only be given if there was adequate reason and justification - count as gross violations of privacy. And, as the Gayle example should show, while they were busy tapping the lines, the police also tapped into a great deal of material that simply was none of their business.


Blogger shakester said...

hmmm...good point...

12:12 AM  

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