WATWB – Your Monthly Shot of News That Doesn’t Suck

It’s the last Friday of the month and y’all know what that means: another installment of News That Doesn’t Suck. And I gotta tell ya, these are getting harder and harder to dredge up in a month that gave us the violence in Charlottesville, White Nationalists running amok, and our President tip-toeing around the issue until it became so big that it just had to be dealt with in way that required many, many, very, very, very mediocre words.

Of course, this is the same guy that Tweeted that Transgendered people wouldn’t be allowed in the military anymore.

Which leads us to this month’s installment of News That Doesn’t suck. THe Indian Supreme, it would seem, has passed a ruling that everyone has an intrinsic right to privacy. The ruling was originally intended to hit Aadhaar cards right in the jimmies, but it has far-reaching implication even beyond India’s biometric ID system.

Since privacy in India is now considered a fundamental right, that means the government will have a much harder time finding out information that it really shouldn’t have a right to get hold of anyway. Information like sexual orientation, for instance, should be something that is protected at the individual level not something that should be part of the government’s bailiwick.

Now, I’m not Indian, I’ve never been to India, so my understanding of the intricacies and ramifications of Aadhaar cards leaves a lot to be desired. But, I can always appreciate when a government admits its citizenry has rights that cannot be taken away or taken advantage of.

And that is always a very good thing.

Check it out here

And check out Buzzfeed’s take on it, too.

As always, comments are much appreciated, especially from my Indian friends who will have a much better understanding of the situation than I do.

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Simon Falk, Inderpreet Uppal, Lynn Hallbrooks, ME!, and Mary J Giese.

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24 thoughts on “WATWB – Your Monthly Shot of News That Doesn’t Suck

  1. What a great article. I think we all would love to believe that others respect our right to privacy, and support it. How sad that it isn’t always so. Glad these guys have made it a point to stand up for it.

    1. It would really be nice if we could just get individuals to respect each others’ rights to privacy. It seems like everyone is watching everyone else all the time hoping to catch the next big criminal or terrorist.

  2. Great to see some government has sense to lead the way on privacy. Here, in Northern Ireland,our government are masters at positive discrimination – a twisted answer to all our civil rights issues that ended up in 40 years of violence. So if we apply for a arts grant for example we must fill in a part of the form to state religion, ethnicity and sexual orientation – I suppose it saves asking outright “You say you are a Jew, but are you a Catholic Jew or a Protestant Jew?” – old joke! Thanks for co-hosting Eric

  3. Good on India for stating that each and every individual has the right to privacy and that the people rightfully protested. Although I understand that there have been some riots about this? Thank for hosting Eric! Have a great weekend!

      1. The riots are because a ‘guru’ was convicted of rape and his followers are supposedly going berserk. In reality, it is also the right-wing, Hindu-nationalist government’s slackness in dealing with this situation– the curfews could have been imposed before dozens of people died, and the large gathering of followers could have been easily prevented.

        While the government has taken steps to combat corruption and taken steps towards (unsustainable) development, its very racist/ communal stand does not sit right with many citizens.

      2. Any time I hear about governments in other countries, I always have to take the news with a grain of salt. US news – and people – tend to look at most other countries as somehow inferior. I think this is because most Americans have never left the country, except maybe to Canada or Mexican border towns, and have no idea that people are people pretty much everywhere else. It’s nice to see a more on-the-scene view of what’s going on in India right now. Thank you! I’ll admit, I don’t know that much about Indian government and culture. We usually only see the odd article about gang rapes here in the States.

  4. Great article, we take our privacy laws for granted here in Canada. When I see how little privacy citizens have in other countries have it makes me realize how fortunate I am. I’m happy to see India step up and protect the rights of its citizens. Thanks for sharing and co-hosting Eric! #WATWB

    1. Here in the States everyone screams about how important privacy is until someone does something they don’t like; then privacy is problem. We also like to sell our privacy for a box that will send stuff to us if we ask it.

  5. It is the Supreme court that has made this ruling– they’re on a roll this week: right to privacy, recognition of any sort of sexual orientation, convicting a rapist thug masquerading as a guru, invalidating the Triple Talaq as valid form of divorce for Muslims.

    The judiciary is independent of the government and in a long while, has laid it out for the government and the people.

    I have a lovely screenshot of this particular verdict that might go very well with this post– I can send it to you if you like 😉

    1. Yes, I’d very much like to add it to the post. Please send it. It’s not very often that news in India makes it to the mainstream US news, but the Guru of Bling and his followers were all over the news here, as was the Triple Talaq. It’s pretty fascinating.

  6. Hi Eric – it’s interesting reading Damyanti’s replies to your post … privacy is such a challenging issue at the moment – because it could all be ‘fake news’ – though I’d love everyone to respect others and treat them as they’d like to be treated … that’d make a change.

    So much we need to preserve and protect … and be positive about – cheers Hilary

    1. Privacy is one of those things that definitely needs to be maintained, but can cause all manner of problems when bad people decide to do bad things. Unfortunately, I don’t think stripping privacy away from citizens on the grounds that they might do something bad is viable; that smacks of guilty until proven innocent. I don’t know what the ultimate answer is, or if there is one.

  7. We are living in a challenging time in America, that’s certain! What India’s Supreme Court has done is incredibly important for the people of the world, not only in India. It will give people inspiration to work for and insist on the right to privacy in their countries. We could do that here in America!

  8. Thanks for an interesting read, Eric and to Damyanti for the added information. I had heard just a brief snippet about this on a BBC podcast so it was good to read more. The right to privacy has certainly come to the forefront with biometric capabilities and with everything we put on social media. It is good that Indian courts have decided to protect the privacy of it’s people. Thanks for hosting #WATWB!

  9. I just read about the privacy ruling in another #WATWB post—yessssssss! With the decline of the US, it’s a ray of hope to see there are other countries stepping up to uphold basic civil liberties and human rights. Like you, after all that’s happened on our side of the world this month, I had a hard, hard time coming up with some good news—but this ruling definitely merits BIG celebration 🙂
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

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