Privacy around the world

India’s Supreme Court Thursday ruled that citizens have a constitutional right to privacy. How do other regions across the world fare?

Published: 25th August 2017 04:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th August 2017 09:34 PM   |  A+A-

India’s Supreme Court Thursday ruled that citizens have a constitutional right to privacy. How do other regions across the world fare?

European Union stands out

Of the many regions that have passed regulations, the European Union stands out for its overarching and comprehensive approach, the BBC notes. Data that identifies a person is considered personal, including email addresses and even the IP address that identifies each computer

The private Asian tigers

Singapore passed a data privacy law in 2012 that protects personal data 10 years after a person’s death, according to BBC. South Korea has strong data privacy laws, even covering a person’s image and voice

America lags behind

While much of the world has started to take privacy seriously, America’s laws protect healthcare and financial data, but little else


In 2012, a French tabloid published photos of Kate Middleton sunbathing topless with Prince William on a balcony at a 19th century hunting lodge in France. The current US president Trump, who fired Comey recently, then waded into the privacy debate

There is no such thing as absolute privacy in America; there is no place outside of judicial reach. Even our communications with our spouses, with our clergy members, with our attorneys are not absolutely private in America … In appropriate circumstances, a judge can compel any one of us to testify in court about those very private communications — James Comey, former FBI chief

Kate Middleton is great—but she shouldn’t be sunbathing in the nude—only herself to blame ... Who wouldn’t take Kate’s picture and make lots of money if she does
— Donald J Trump in 2012

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