Indian Supreme Court rules in favour of citizens on privacy

India’s Supreme Court has ruled that citizens have a fundamental right to privacy, in a landmark judgement.

Presiding judges ruled the right to privacy was an essential part of article 21 that protects life and liberty in the country.

The ruling has implications for the government’s infinite biometric identity scheme, covering access to benefits, bank accounts and payment of taxes.

Rights groups are concerned personal data could be misused but the authorities want registration to be compulsory.

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