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Privacy Law May Become Fundamental Right

PRIVACY LAW—INDIA

June 6, 2011

The Times of India reports that the law ministry is working on a proposal to make the right to privacy a fundamental right under Indian law. The right would encompass confidentiality of communication; banking, financial, medical and legal information; protection from identity theft, and protection of use of "a person's photographs, fingerprints, DNA samples," among other data, the report states. India's law minister said it's difficult to fix a timeframe, but the law is "likely to be tabled in the monsoon session of parliament." If passed, the law will address concerns some have had about the accessibility and use of information available through the country's Universal ID project.
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