The Supreme Court of India ruled that Privacy is a Fundamental Right in a unanimous 9-0 ruling, finally addressing a long pending and much-debated issue, and in a way, addressing the issue of the relationship between the state and the citizen. This verdict essentially upholds the right to privacy of a citizen as primary, and thus limits the rights of the government/state to make laws/rules that infringe on these rights. This will have an impact on the ability of the state to conduct surveillance, and to force citizens to part with their data to the state. It means that if the state makes laws that infringe on privacy as a fundamental right, a citizen can challenge the government in court. While the government has mooted a data protection law, and set up processes and committees for it, these are by no means an adequate substitute for a fundamental right. We'll have more details on the specific exceptions once the verdict is out. This judgment is particularly significant, given that the government is setting up public repositories of personal data, with the ability for businesses to take data from them. What happens next Remember that the issue of whether Privacy is a fundamental right or not is separate from the Aadhaar cases, which contest the mandatoriness of Aadhaar, and the state's collection of data and mass surveillance, from the perspective of Privacy as a fundamental right. From a legal perspective, this is now going to be mentioned to a smaller bench of the Supreme Court, which…
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