Arushi Malik
Asked October 09, 2014

Can Websites be held responsible for invading into someone privacy?

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"What happened to Jennifer Lawrence is quite upsetting. I completely understand what she must be feeling. Having her pictures leaked to the world that were meant for private use isn't a good thing. She spoke about how every website allowing access to it, any person viewing it (even if s/he doesn't forward it to the world) is doing something she calls a sex crime. Can such a thing possibly be covered under the Information Tech Act. I mean, even if passive viewers of such pictures can't be held liable--can't we do something about these website and make it mandatory for every website to take the intruding and objectionable pictures violating someone's privacy off?"

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Ayushi Singhal
Yes, the said circumstances are covered by Section 66E of the Information and Technology Act, 2008. In the case of Jennifer Lawrence, her nude images were leaked and were published by various websites without her consent. In this situation, the websites can be made liable for invading privacy under Section 66E of the 2008 Act. It provides for punishment for the publication of “the image of a private area of any person without his or her consent, under circumstances violating the privacy of that person.” This means that the websites are required to take off the pictures from the web or else bear the consequences of committing the offence; the punishment for which is “imprisonment which may extend to three years or … fine not exceeding two lakh rupees, or … both”.
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