India top court rules privacy is a fundamental right

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 24, 2017 1:23 AM

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's top court on Thursday ruled that individual privacy is a fundamental right, in a far reaching verdict that could derail the world's largest biometric identification program that the government is pushing on residents.

A nine-member bench was hearing a bunch of petitions challenging the mandatory use of national identity cards, known as Aadhaar, as an infringement of privacy. There have also been concerns over data breach.

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(Reporting by Suchitra Mohanty; Editing by Malini Menon)