. In a landmark judgement on 24-08-2017, a nine-judge Supreme Court Constitutional bench declared Right to Privacy is a Fundamental Right. The stand taken by Supreme Court may turn as a massive setback to the Government’s push to link multiple identities with Aadhaar – which is alleged to compromise privacy.
It was the Aadhar push by the Central government, which made many citizens file petitions before the Supreme Court – to declare Privacy as Fundamental Right. There were 20+ Aadhar related cases. The petitioners wanted Supreme Court to recognize, among other things, a fundamental right to privacy under the Constitution.
Knowingly or unknowingly citizens share a lot of personal data in the technological age. This can be misused not only by Government but also big Companies. Recognising privacy as a fundamental right will create a change in the relationship between the State and the citizen Section 377 of IPC is now questionable.
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