Indians have right to privacy, top court rules


INDIA’S top court unanimously ruled today (24) that individual privacy is a fundamental right, a verdict that will impact everything from the way companies handle personal data to the roll-out of the world’s largest biometric ID card programme. A nine-member bench of India’s Supreme Court announced the ruling in a setback for the Narendra Modi-led government, which argued that privacy was not a fundamental right protected by the constitution. Privacy is not explicitly mentioned in the Indian constitution, but in a brief statement today, chief justice JS Khehar said privacy was “protected as an intrinsic part of Article 21 that…

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