Privacy is a fundamental right

The Central government has forced the Aadhaar Bill through Parliament in a week. Aadhaar has had an invasive and controversial presence well before the government’s attempt to legitimise it. It has been challenged before the Supreme Court, and in defending it, our Attorney General (funded by our taxes) has argued that we have no right…

What the law says on phone tapping

Unauthorised phone tapping is a constitutional wrong Phone tapping is surely an interference with the civil liberty of citizens.  This was questioned by People’s Union of Civil Liberties before the Supreme Court, which disapproved unguided use of power to intercept and interfere with the telephone communications of persons. However, right to privacy in the form…

Public interest vs confidentiality

A convict or a person in remand cannot have right to privacy in medical matters furnished to seek admission in a hospital if adequate public interest is involved in the case.  The public can seek to know under the RTI Act if the person was genuinely admitted on medical grounds or if he faked ill-health…

The world says no to surveillance

Two years ago, three journalists and I worked nervously in a Hong Kong hotel room, waiting to see how the world would react to the revelation that the National Security Agency had been making records of nearly every phone call in the United States. In the days that followed, those journalists and others published documents…

Don’t submit documents of personal nature: HC

Irked after a lawyer attached copies of the personal diary of an 11-year-old in the documents submitted in a custody dispute case, the Delhi High Court has issued directions to protect the privacy of children in custody and matrimonial disputes. The court of Justice S Muralidhar, in its order issued on Thursday, noted that there…