Right to Privacy: A Critical Human Right in Digital Era

  • Gurvinder Singh
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  • Gurvinder Singh

    Assistant Professor at Department of Law, Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa, Haryana, India

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Right to privacy as enshrined in Article 12 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights is changing and widening its scope in modern digital era of internet. As much as digitalization is growing, the right to privacy is becoming more and more critical. India too is nowhere behind in recognizing this human right as fundamental one through its Constitutional Law specially allying it with Article 21 as right to life, several other civil and criminal laws and judicial trends. A specific set of cyber laws especially Information Technology Act of 2000 is also there. The unbridled usage of freedom of speech and expression, sharing private and confidential data bypassing regulations, media trials, unorganized internet news media, online character assassination and much more are biggest challenges faced by right to privacy now a days. In huge digital sea of information it becomes very difficult for implementing authorities to filter and tackle anti human rights narratives. It’ll not be wrong to say that this very right is now on the stake when almost every hand has camera and internet connection. Where every hand is armed with abovementioned resources there is complete sense of negligence in minds that what is the importance of right to privacy and what are the laws and principles with which they are playing. The jurisdictional limitations, inadequate and obsolete training of staff and lack of proper resources are terrible issues for every state dealing with right to privacy violations. In this research article national and international human right laws related to right to privacy will be discussed and light will be thrown on the factors responsible due to which effective implementation is lacking. Beside this unethical networking and public mindset which are ignoring such an important right in digital world on socio-human level will also be discussed.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 2, Page 3335 - 3346

DOI: https://doij.org/10.10000/IJLMH.117461

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