SC Rules That The Right To Privacy Is A Fundamental Right; Analysts Expect Stronger Data Privacy Laws

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The Right to Privacy is now a fundamental right. A nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court pronounced this verdict on Thursday morning. It was a unanimous decision with all the nine judges in favour of the Right to Privacy. The constitutional bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar ruled that “right to privacy is an intrinsic part of Right to Life and Personal Liberty under Article 21 and entire Part III of the Constitution.”

Greyhound’s Chief Analyst, Founder & CEO Sanchit Vir Gogia says that the case against UIDAI is a separate one and there may be a chance that this judgement might not impact that case. “We are yet to find out the specifics on data exclusions and limitations and we can well expect instances where the government is allowed to collect personal data,” says Gogia.

According to Gogia, since India does not have a forward-looking Data Privacy act, companies such as Google and Facebook will not be affected severely.

“With consumer apps flooding the market, consumers rarely read the fine print and there is no work around regarding that. Since the consumer is willing to share their information. Personal data is already out via the API exposures allowed by consumers on their mobile apps — again, an area where this opt-in (not often understood or termed as that) overrides any new judgement,” says Gogia.


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Sanchit Vir Gogia: Sanchit is the Chief Analyst, Founder & CEO of Greyhound Knowledge Group, a Global Strategy & Transformation Research, Advisory & Consulting Firm. To read more about him, click here.

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