SC will announce judgment on Right to Privacy Tomorrow– Tomorrow on 24th August 2017, A nine-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court which is headed by Chief Justice of India Justice J.S. Khehar will announce the judgment on whether the right to privacy can be held as a fundamental right under the Constitution.
The issue has emerged when the Centre Government make Aadhaar mandatory for availing the benefits of every social benefit and government welfare schemes.
This question is very important because one of the judges of the bench Justice DY Chandrachud said privacy means “the right to choose solitude if I want solitude or the freedom to socially cohabit, that is if I want it”.
The judgment may adversely affect the government’s scheme in which Aadhaar numbers were used and planned for upcoming schemes. Aadhaar that collects personal details, biometrics identify of beneficiaries for social benefits and government welfare scheme. A lot of petitions were filed in the few months challenging mandatory of linking Aadhaar for social welfare schemes. Past few months have a lot of debate on leaks of Aadhaar data which also put the question of safety concerns of personal and private data for individuals. One of major concern is the collection and use of data for Aadhaar enrollment is the risk because it is falling into the hands of private players and service providers. Both the government and the private service providers collect personal data like mobile phone numbers, date of birth, fingerprints, iris scans, bank details, PAN details, permanent addresses, sexual identities etc. without ensuring safeguards from third parties.
Despite linking Aadhaar card with social benefits and government welfare scheme under the Aadhaar Act of 2016, benefits the lives of millions of poor by giving them direct access to public benefits, subsidies, education, food, health, and shelter, among other basic rights. Many public figures, central government, and even public claimed Aadhaar is a panacea to end corruption in public distribution, money laundering, and terror funding.
While during the hearing on July 19 nine-bench judge found that the right to privacy cannot be an absolute right and the state government some power to put reasonable restrictions on it. While The Attorney General had also said that right to privacy cannot fall in the bracket of fundamental rights.
Nine-Judge bench includes CJI Khehar, Justice S Abdul Nazeer, Justice J Chelameswar, Justice S A Bobde, Justice R K Agrawal, Justice R F Nariman, Justice A M Sapre, Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice S K Kaul.
Let’s Understand The Right to Privacy Factor
The privilege of protection is a component of different lawful conventions to limit government and private activities that undermine the security of people. More than 150 national constitutions specify the privilege to protection.
Since the worldwide reconnaissance revelations of 2013, the natural human ideal to protection has been a subject of global open deliberation. In fighting overall fear mongering, government organizations, for example, the NSA, CIA, R&AW, and GCHQ have occupied with mass, worldwide observation, maybe undermining the privilege to protection.
There is presently an inquiry in the matter of whether the privilege to protection can exist together with the present capacities of insight offices to get to and dissect for all intents and purposes everything about a person’s life. A noteworthy inquiry is regardless of whether the privilege to protection should be relinquished as a major aspect of the social contract to reinforce guard against gathered psychological oppressor dangers.