What does this mean
According to Black’s Law Dictionary- Privacy is defined as “right to be let alone; the right of a person to be free from any unwarranted publicity; the right to live without any unwarranted interference by the public in matters with which the public is not necessarily concerned”.
Headed by incumbent Chief Justice of India J S Khehar, a nine judge bench ruled on August 24, 2017 that Right to privacy is a fundamental right (Under Article 21 and part III of the constitution) for Indian citizens under the Constitution of India.
The Apex Court in its judgment concluded, "The right of privacy is a fundamental right. It is a right which protects the inner sphere of the individual from interference from both State, and non-State actors and allows the individuals to make autonomous life choices."
With this judgment, India has joined United States, Canada, South Africa, the European union etc. in recognizing privacy as a fundamental right.
The road to it
The ruling is an outcome of a petition by Justice K.S. Puttaswamy (Retd.), challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhar.
Implications for the citizens
The verdict can have an implication of various issues like Aadhar, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (crimalizing same sex relationship), euthanasia, abortion, etc.