India needs law against invasion of privacy: Tata

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 21:14

New Delhi: Amid raging controversy over
phone tapping, Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata has said there
is a need for a law to keep a tab on invasion of people`s
privacy.

Tapes containing his private conversation with corporate
lobbyist Niira Radia had been leaked to media last year,
following which Tata had moved the Supreme Court seeking a
direction to the government to probe the leakage as well as
stop further publication of the same.

"There should be a law against invading people`s privacy,
unless it`s for an investigative purpose," Tata said in an
interview to the `Wall Street Journal`.
He told the daily that unchecked wiretapping and media
willingness to publish such personal material pose grave
dangers for India.

"We`re moving into an era, if all the tabloids and all
the magazines talk of hearing people maybe talking to their
mistress or talking about their health, or issues of this
nature, then one day we would soon find people`s bodies in the
trunks of cars, you know, we`re settling scores," Tata said in
the interview.
In November last year, Tata had expressed concern over
unsubstantiated media attacks being made apparently on the
basis of unauthorised tapes.

"So, I think these are bad times. I wish the government
would take a stand, bring in an auditor and have an
investigation. Book people who are guilty of something," he
had said.

Phone tapping, including Tata-Radia conversation, are
part of the investigation launched by various government
agencies into the alleged irregularities during the sale of 2G
spectrum to telecom companies in 2008.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 21:14

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