August 24, 2017 / 5:21 AM / a year ago

India top court rules privacy is a fundamental right

NEW DELHI, Aug 24 (Reuters) - India’s top court on Thursday ruled that individual privacy is a fundamental right, in a far reaching verdict that could derail the world’s largest biometric identification programme that the government is pushing on residents.

A nine-member bench was hearing a bunch of petitions challenging the mandatory use of national identity cards, known as Aadhaar, as an infringement of privacy. There have also been concerns over data breach. (Reporting by Suchitra Mohanty; Editing by Malini Menon)

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