This series of articles was originally published on the Centre for Internet and Society’s Internet Governance blog.
Last month’s judgment by the nine judge referral bench was an emphatic endorsement of the the constitutional right to privacy. In the course of a 547 page judgment, the bench affirmed the fundamental nature of the right to privacy reading it into the values of dignity and liberty. In the course of a few short papers, we will dissect the various aspects of the right to privacy as put forth by the nine judge constitutional bench in the Puttaswamy matter. The papers will focus on the sources, structure, scope, breadth, and future of privacy. Here are the first three papers, authored by Amber Sinha and edited by Elonnai Hickok.
The Fundamental Right to Privacy – Part I: Sources
Much of the debate and discussion in the hearings before the constitutional bench was regarding where in the Constitution a right to privacy may be located. In this paper, we analyse the different provisions and tools of interpretations use by the bench to read a right to privacy in Part III of the Constitution. Read the PDF.
The Fundamental Right to Privacy – Part II: Structure
In the previous paper, we delved into the sources in the Constitution and the interpretive tools used to locate the right to privacy as a constitutional right. This paper follows it up with an analysis of the structure of the right to privacy as articulated by the bench. We will look at the various facets of privacy which form a part of the fundamental right, the basis for such dimensions and what their implications may be. Read the PDF.
The Fundamental Right to Privacy – Part III: Scope
While the previous papers dealt with the sources in the Constitution and the interpretive tools used by the bench to locate the right to privacy as a constitutional right, as well as the structure of the right with its various dimensions, this paper will look at the judgment for guidance on principles to determine what the scope of the right of privacy may be. Read the PDF.