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Chapter-5 Privacy Relating to Document

  1. To have privacy of document: (1) Every person shall have the right to privacy of the personal document related to him or her.

(2) For the purpose of sub-section (1), the following documents shall be deemed to be the personal documents of the concerned person:

 (a)       Certificate relating to educational qualification,

(b)        Medical history, certificate or health examination report,

(c)        Citizenship certificate, passport, voter identity card, driving license or other documents of such nature revealing identity,

(d)       Bank account in a bank or the details of amount in such account,

(e)        Cheque, draft, debit card, credit card or bank statement or other negotiable instrument related to banking and financial transaction,

(f)        Biological or biometric data and thumb impression,

(g)        Land ownership certificate related to immovable property or other document relating to ownership of land,

(h)        Vehicle ownership card (Blue Book) or document relating to the ownership of other property,

(i)         Securities or details related thereto,

(j)         Identity card of the Employee Provident Fund, pension card or other document of similar nature,

(k)        Other documents as prescribed.

(3)        No person shall publish, or cause to be published, personal document of anyone held in a public body pursuant to sub-section (2).

(4) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1) or (3), personal document or any of its details may be published, or caused to be published, or any details thereof may be made subject of study, research or examination on the following conditions:

(a)        If there is consent of the concerned person,

(b)        If the identity card revealing the identity of any person is required for the purpose of using public service,

(c)        If order is issued under the law by the court or authorized official in the course of any case,

(d)       If any order is so issued by the authorized official in the course of investigation and prosecution of a criminal offence.