23 Jul India’s Centre Contradicts Own Stand on Privacy in Aadhaar Case
New Delhi, India — Last Saturday, the Indian Supreme Court was notified by the Centre that it will draft rules to uphold information protection with regard to the WhatsApp privacy case.
Represented by Karmanya Singh Sareen, the appeal was made by students who believed that the agreement between Whatsapp and Facebook oversteps the privacy rights of customers.
During the hearing, a solicitor general reasoned that social media networks and service providers that expose personal information violates citizen’s Right to Life under the law (Article 21).
While the Centre’s decision was favorable in the WhatsApp case, its views remain largely contradictory the Aadhaar privacy protection issue.
Under the Aadhaar case, the Centre reasoned that the right to privacy was not included as a primary right in India’s constitution, noting that it is a minor liberty subject to state mediation.