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.

(Reporting by Suchitra Mohanty; Editing by Malini Menon)