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Supreme Court: Privacy is a fundamental right

25-08-2017 08:00 AM | Pooja Nevewani | My Indian Dream

Supreme Court: Privacy is a fundamental right | My Indian Dream

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Right to Privacy comes with individual's birth and goes with death.

On Thursday, Supreme Court upheld the Right to Privacy as everyone’s fundamental right as it is essential for the Right to Life.

Supreme Court’s nine bench judge ruled that as per Article 21 of the Constitution, Right to Privacy is an integral part of Right to Life and Personal Liberty. Justice Sapre wrote that Right to Privacy is born with the individual and goes with his death. But further he also stated that this right isn’t absolute. It is subjected to certain restrictions on the basis of public interest with respect to the law. He also commented that the most popular meaning of the Right to Privacy is to have the right to be let alone.

This judgment of Supreme Court will have an influence on the government’s Aadhaar scheme that involves collecting people’s personal details and biometrics. Supreme Court has received many cases complaining the Aadhaar scheme as a violation of individual’s privacy and leakage of personal data. The important concern here is about the leakage of personal information to private service providers. The government collects information like contact numbers, bank details, health records, property and tax information without providing an assurance about its privacy and confidentiality.

A probe into protection issues has already been issued in this matter.

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