Privacy a fundamental right: India won't be surveillance state now
Legal experts have rightly described the Supreme Court verdict in the privacy case as a watershed movement. The SC on Thursday declared Right to Privacy to be a fundamental right.
The case has a huge impact on the billions of citizens of India. As a result of this verdict the powers of a state are curbed to a certain extent. The decisions taken by the state when it comes to information among other things will stand the scrutiny of this verdict.
Everything would be tested and checked and tested on the basis of this verdict.
In a nutshell, every citizen has the right to privacy, legal experts explained. The biggest bearing this verdict is likely to have is on the Aadhaar case. The petitioners had contended that Aadhaar was turning India into a surveillance state.
While the privacy verdict remained divorce from the Aadhaar case, it would still have a bearing. The petitioners would now quote this judgment to state the government cannot monitor its citizens on the basis of information considering that Right to Privacy is a fundamental right.