Earlier this month on December 14, a five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court (SC) of India heard arguments for interim relief from a batch of 28 petitions (led by K S Puttaswamy v. Union of Indiai) that challenge the overall validity of the Aadhaar scheme on various grounds. The Bench comprised Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A.K. Sikri, A.M. Khanwilkar, D.Y. Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan.
New Delhi, November 16th, 2017: Several law and technology experts along with representatives from civil society, industry and other stakeholder groups discussed a number of legal and technological issues related to the right to privacy in India at a round table discussion titled “Right to Privacy: What now?” convened by SFLC.in and Ananta Aspen Centre yesterday at the Constitution Club of India, New Delhi. Baijayant Jay Panda, Member of Parliament & Trustee, Ananta Centre, chaired the discussion.
We live in an era where human activity is producing unprecedented amounts of digital data. The popular saying these days is ‘data is the new oil’. The high value of this data along with the lack of awareness among people about rights has prompted corporations and governments alike to amass and exploit data for their purposes while posing long-term risks to the right to privacy and other civil liberties of citizens around the world. It has become imperative for everyone to protect their data, their privacy and digital communications.
Below is a compilation of some notable technology and rights related litigations from India, on-going and concluded. This list includes matters filed before the Indian Supreme Court as well as various High Courts, and covers the broad topics of Privacy, Aadhaar, Intermediary Liability, Free Speech, and Right to be Forgotten.