The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that police cannot require an accused to share their Google location to track movements as a condition for bail, as it would violate privacy rights.

A bench of Justices Abhay S. Oka and Ujjal Bhuyan set aside a bail condition imposed by the Delhi High Court that required a Nigerian national to share the Google Maps pin from his mobile device with the investigating officer in a drugs case.

Justice Oka stated, “There cannot be a bail condition defeating the very objective of bail itself. We have said Google pin cannot be a bail condition. There can’t be a bail condition enabling the police to constantly track the movement of the accused. Police cannot be allowed to peep into the private life of the accused on bail.