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SC outlines three-tiered approach to privacy, keeping in mind use of personal data in economy

Wednesday’s hearing on the question of the right to respect for privacy has been closed and the trial has been reserved. Given the obligatory route to privacy, the Supreme Court has described a three-tiered approach, which divides privacy into intimate aspects of private and public.

This approach and jury comments at the hearing indicate that the Supreme Court considers the modern uses of personal data. The right to privacy can be designed so that these uses and innovation in this sector are not hampered.

Intimate area: the private zone of the most intimate, about marriage, sexuality and family relationships. The law must frown at any intrusion. The state may still interfere in this area in exceptional circumstances, provided that strict standards are met.

Private area: this is the separation of personal data through the use of credit cards, on social networking platforms, returns, etc. In this case, the data can not be used for the purposes for which it was shared.

Public area: this is the minimum regulation that is required to protect privacy. In this area, personal data shared does not mean that the right to privacy has been returned. The individual retains his private life for body and mind.

The personal data of the users now constitute the backbone of the knowledge economy and the great analysis of data. The bank took into account the importance of this sector, taking into account that the election and personal preferences of 1.4 billion people generate demand in the services sector.

It was noted that the decision will have an impact on the growth of the service sector. In describing this as a “critical” sector, the court said to take into account that this sector relies on the personal data of Indians using the service.

Similar observations were also made by the court during the hearing. The Center Council had stated on Tuesday that all technologies improved life, which should be taken into account when dropping this.

For this, the court said that privacy protection should not hamper innovation in the information technology sector or eliminate the benefits of the knowledge economy. The bank said that privacy should grow in a sociocultural context.

The service sector, in fact, is one of the main sources of data privacy abuses and violations. With the era of great data, the Age of Privacy Violations also appeared.

For example, cookies, apparently targeted advertising, and other purposes, allow for the constant monitoring of each person’s online movements. Tracking on mobile phones through apps still collects more data.

Even in the public sector, although the government said impossible, there is huge potential for Aadhaar data collection.

The amount of data that may be linked to future Aadhaar is immense, including data from the PAN, returns, bank accounts, suits, real estate transactions, to name a few. Given the volume of data and the potential for its abuse, it is necessary that the collection and use are subject to strict safeguards.

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