Thursday, August 24, 2017

An Essential Facet

Privacy includes at its core the preservation of personal intimacies, the sanctity of family life, marriage, procreation, the home and sexual orientation.  Privacy also connotes a right to be left alone.  Privacy safeguards individual autonomy and recognises the ability of the individual to control vital aspects of his or her life.  Personal choices governing a way of life are intrinsic to privacy.  Privacy protects heterogeneity and recognises the plurality and diversity of our culture.  While the legitimate expectation of privacy may vary from the intimate zone to the private zone and from the private to the public arenas, it is important to underscore that privacy is not lost or surrendered merely because the individual is in a public place.  Privacy attaches to the person since it is an essential facet of the dignity of the human being

-- The Supreme Court of India, in a decision deriving a right to privacy from the Constitution's stated purpose to "assure the dignity of the individual", 24 August 2017

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