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Right to privacy: Young petitioners fight to make a difference

Prasanna S, Apar Gupta, and Kritika Bhardwaj are assisting senior counsel Shyam Divan, who is representing four privacy petitioners (Wikimedia Commons/PageImp) Photograph: (Others)

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Aug 24, 2017, 10.24 AM (IST)

As the Supreme Court gave its verdict on right to privacy, young lawyers turned to social media to spread the word and express their opinion on the topic. 

They claim that the "fundamental right" of privacy has to become“non-negotiable”.

Apar Gupta, Kritika Bhardwaj and Prasanna S are assisting senior counsel Shyam Divan, who is representing four privacy petitioners, including Shanta Sinha, the former head of the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights, and Bezwada Wilson. 

Gautam Bhatia is assisting senior lawyer, Arvind Datar, who is arguing for the Election Commission and for privacy as a fundamental right.

These youngsters are determined to revolutionalize how the common man views privacy.


Prasanna S

34-year-old Prasanna, as he describes on his Twitter profile, is a coder turned lawyer. He hails from the industrial town of Hosur in Tamil Nadu. He studied technology and software before he became a full-time lawyer. A trained Carnatic singer who is now based out of Delhi, Prasanna believes that his technological background gives him the sense to understand the challenges of civil liberty.

He believes that the public is stuck on the notion that machines make correct choices. This may be the core reason for there being no opposition to Aadhar from the masses. 

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Gautam Bhatia

Gautam's qualifications as a lawyer are praiseworthy. The graduate from the prestigious National Law School, Bengaluru and Rhodes scholar is also a sci-fi geek. The 28-year-old edits the UK-based science-fiction magazine, Strange Horizons.

Gautam actively posts about the issue. He is also the author of Offend, Shock or Disturb: Free Speech Under the Indian Constitution.

He believes that any law on privacy has to be founded on principles of informed consent and specific consent. According to Bhatia, informed consent means the person is aware of what use it’s being put to and specific consent means that the authorities must seek consent for each specific act.

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He pens down his thoughts about literature and poetry of "any and all kinds" on his blog. You can read more about his work here.

Apar Gupta

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Delhi-based Apar has graduated from Columbia Law School and is an active voice in the right to privacy and data debate in India. 
According to media reports, the 33-year-old claims that government has spent roughly Rs. 11,000 crore on generating Aadhar and are creating an illusion of 
administering efficiently.


Kritika Bharadwaj


Delhi-based Kritika studied Political Science at Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University and did her LLB from the same university's Faculty of Law. The now 26-year-old went on to Cambridge for her masters in international law. 
But even before her Masters, she had cut her teeth on Aadhaar-related matters and done meticulous research on international laws, biometrics, international practices, protocols and databases in the world.
Kritika has possessed leadership qualities from the very beginning--she was the president of students' union in LSR and student representative to the faculty of law board in Cambridge. 

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