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A massive blow to Aadhaar? SC rules Right to Privacy as Fundamental Right

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supreme-courtGiving a massive blow to the government’s Aadhaar push, the Supreme Court has ruled that Right to Privacy is a fundamental right.

“Right to Privacy is an integral part of Right to Life and Personal Liberty guaranteed in Article 21 of the Constitution,” the apex court’s nine-judge bench said. (Read the full text here.)

However, SC has not ruled on the validity of sharing information under Aadhaar yet. A five-judge bench of the court will test the validity of Aadhaar from the aspect of privacy as a Fundamental Right.

“The government welcomes the view of the Supreme Court, which is consistent with all the necessary safeguards that the government has been ensuring in its legislative proposals which had been approved by Parliament,” said the Ministry of Law & Justice.

“The judgement reads that personal liberty is not an absolute right but liable to the restrictions provided in the Constitution which will be examined on a case to case basis,” the ministry said.

 

In the wake of increasing incidents of data leaks and hacking, Aadhaar critics say that biometric data linked to the card is easily prone to misuse by the government agencies.

Experts are saying this judgement is a massive jolt to Aadhaar. Now the Centre has to convince SC that asking citizens to give a sample of their fingerprints and their iris scan does not violate privacy.

 

 

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