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Vizag Court stops Google from sharing Indian citizen’s Gmail password to California

The District Judge at Vishakhapatnam (Vizag) has restrained
Google from complying with a subpoena issued by the Superior Court of
California, ordering Google to share the password of the Gmail account
belonging to an Indian citizen residing in Vishakhapatnam. The Plaintiff in
this case argued that as an India citizen he had a right to privacy under the
Indian Constitution and that the defendants could not violate his right.

The District Judge at Vishakhapatnam (Vizag) has restrained
Google from complying with a subpoena issued by the Superior Court of
California, ordering Google to share the password of the Gmail account
belonging to an Indian citizen residing in Vishakhapatnam. The Plaintiff in
this case argued that as an India citizen he had a right to privacy under the
Indian Constitution and that the defendants could not violate his right.

The Indian citizen Kopisetty Sreeramulu informed the
District Court that he had received an email, on 14th March, 2012, from
google-legal-support@google.com informing him that they would share the
information in his gmail.com account, in pursuance to a subpoena from the
Superior Court of California unless he could produce an order quashing the
subpoena.

Sreeramulu, a freelance IT professional, who
provides services to US based companies, does not appear to be a party to the
litigation before the Superior Court of California. The litigation before the
California court pertains to a dispute between two other parties and it appears
that  Sreeramulu, or rather his gmail.com
account, was in possession of certain documents or information which was vital
to the litigation before the California court.

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