‘Right to Privacy’ to benefit the digital world

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With the recent judgment by the Supreme Court ruling that ‘Right to Privacy’ is a fundamental right, IT industry body- Nasscom, applauded it as a landmark decision and said that this will enhance the citizen’s access to the digital world.

In a milestone judgment, the nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court ruled that “privacy is intrinsic to freedom of life and personal liberty” guaranteed by Article 21 of the Constitution of India and qualifies as “a primal natural right”

Nasscom President R Chandrashekhar said the protection of privacy of an individual is a ‘cardinal principle’ and the ruling has the potential of boosting India as a safe destination for global sourcing and bring in more digital footfall.

Ravi Shankar Prasad, IT and Law Minister said that government does not give the right to release data to anyone, except in case of compelling public interest.

He further added that the government is proud to be recognized worldwide as an emerging digital power due to the initiative of Digital India, Make in India and protection of data is expected to provide a big boost to the digital economy of the country.

Rama Vedashree, CEO of Data Security Council of India (DSCI) -a part of Nasscom- said the body has always advocated for a stronger data security regime in the country.

With falling data and smartphone costs, adoption of digital services has seen a manifold growth in the country. With this landmark ruling, the Government of India stands to benefit a lot.