Supreme Court provides a landmark judgement again, rules Right to Privacy

Supreme Court provides a landmark judgement again, rules Right to Privacy

India's Supreme Court, once again today, in a landmark judgment has ruled that the people of our nation have a fundamental right to privacy. The decision was provided by a nine-judge bench who said that the “right to privacy is intrinsic to life and liberty, part of Article 21."

Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar mentioned that the court has overruled the decisions by both the earlier benches - eight-judge Bench and six-judge Bench judgments from 1950 and 1961, respectively, which mentioned that privacy was not a fundamental right.

Back in 2015, petitions were filed in regards to the breach of privacy and information in the Aadhaar enrollment, with an argument that it could lead to leakage and release of personal data.

Today’s judgment will now change the scenario and have a significant impact on the government’s Aadhaar scheme where personal information, biometrics data is collected to identify beneficiaries for social and government benefits. The Aadhaar was brought to action stating that it could bring an end to corruption, money laundering and more, and also benefit it could provide to the millions of Indians, primarily from the poverty belt, who couldn’t get the basic access, benefits and necessities.

This decision by the Supreme Court is a hope to a better future as the nation expects a change in the law regarding many issues pertaining to interference in private affairs and matters.

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