Wednesday, July 26, 2017
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Petitions against Aadhaar has led to question of right to privacy.

A nine-judge Constitution bench is examining whether privacy is a fundamental right. The bench was formed in response to petitions challenging government orders that made Aadhaar mandatory. The petitions had right to privacy as one of the arguments. While petitioners claim that right to life and liberty inherentily include right to privacy, government believes it's more of a social notion like 'pursuit of happiness' and should not be a legal right.

The government also argued that right to privacy can't be homogeneous though certain aspects within privacy can be fundamental rights. General claims informational privacy is not fundamental right even in US. Judges say that's when there are legitimate state interest involved. Robust data protection measures are needed.

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Meanwhile, here's a look at countries which prioritised privacy.

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