The Supreme Court acts on citizen demands, Classifies privacy as a fundamental right

24 August 2017, New Delhi: Citizens in India have been subject to numerous cases of data leaks and identity thefts, and have been rooting for the country to have a privacy law to protect their personal information. In a historic decision today, the Supreme Court of India accepted the right to privacy as a fundamental right. Now it is very important that the government frames a law that would protect the personal data of the citizens.

A LocalCircles poll had earlier showed that 89% citizens were in the favor of India having a privacy law that prevents any individual, public or private organization from accessing and sharing certain predefined data attributes of a citizen without a written authorization from them. Of the 9,653 people that voted, only 9% voted against it and 5% chose not to comment.

Citizens had also identified the following 18 information parameters to be classified as personal and private:

  • 1. AADHAAR details
  • 2. Iris/retina scan
  • 3. Finger print scan
  • 4. DNA
  • 5. PAN card information
  • 6. Passport details
  • 7. Date of birth
  • 8. Bank account details
  • 9. Credit ratings
  • 10. Salary/Compensation
  • 11. Performance at work
  • 12. Voter id card details
  • 13. Mobile phone details
  • 14. Residential address information
  • 15. Family details
  • 16. Medical records
  • 17. Debit/credit card details
  • 18. Income tax paid details

In a separate poll, 59% people had said that all these 18 attributes should be covered under the privacy law. 10% said that only iris/retina scan, finger prints and DNA should be considered private information. 14% said it should include these 3 plus Aadhaar, PAN, Passport, voter id and DoB details. 17% said it should include these 8 and bank details, debit/credit card details, income tax details and medical records. 9,327 people voted on this poll.

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