The Ongoing Debate on Right To Privacy
By Team Legistify / 2017-08-10
The debate on right to privacy as a fundamental right has cropped up in the context of Aadhaar cases in the Supreme Court. As India debates whether its citizens enjoy Right to Privacy, a look at what the debate is all about.

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We all are aware of the ongoing Aadhar-card project which requires a person to give personal information, which includes fingerprints, retinal scans, and is linked to gas connections, bank accounts, PAN, phone numbers. In recent months, the debate over Aadhaar has reached a feverish pitch.

Opposition perspective

In their challenge to the Aadhar project, the critics have argued that large-scale collection of biometric data without foolproof security arrangements could result in breaches of confidentiality. They have argued that by “forcing” citizens to part with personal data without any legislative backing for the Aadhar project, the government is infringing upon their right to privacy.

Government's stand

The government, however, has taken the stand that the right to privacy, is neither guaranteed under the Constitution nor made available to citizens through a settled judicial pronouncement.

The debate on right to privacy as a fundamental right has cropped up in the context of Aadhaar cases in the Supreme Court. As India debates whether its citizens enjoy Right to Privacy, a look at what the debate is all about.

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