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Salient Issues: The Right to Privacy in Specific Contexts

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Privacy as a concept is regarded as an important part of being human and a necessary component of establishing human relations. International instruments list the right to privacy as one that must protected, and the custom that has developed through application of these instruments indicates the historical importance and legal recognition given to individual privacy as a framed concept and fundamental right. There seems universal agreement that in areas such as intimate conduct, search and seizure, and data protection, the law ought to protect the individual from abuses. A survey of jurisprudence by international judicial bodies and state practice on these salient issues of privacy help us achieve a better understanding of what are the protections as well as the restrictions on the right to privacy. Society will react upon the realization that without appropriate legal restrictions and individual protections the right to privacy will be eroded.

Keywords:data protection; fundamental right; intimate conduct; privacy rights; search; seizure



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