Financial inclusion and the right to privacy
A critical feature of any data protection regulation will be the limitations placed on the collection and storage of personal data
As India uses Aadhaar to advance financial inclusion efforts, it is essential that both privacy and financial interests of the poor are protected. The Supreme Court in a landmark ruling on 24 August decided unanimously that there is a fundamental right to privacy in India. It called on the government “to examine and put into place a robust regime for data protection". Legislation to protect the privacy interests of the poor should now be top of the agenda.
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