Whatsapp Privacy Policy matter: Supreme court asks for response from Centre and Whatsapp

The Supreme Court said on Monday that Indian people have serious worries about the privacy concerns raised by the new privacy policy implemented by the messaging platform, WhatsApp, and asked the Central Government, Facebook, and WhatsApp to respond in a plea questioning the privacy policy.

A bench comprising of CJI SA Bobde, AS Bopanna, and V Ramasubramanian, stated that while the tech giant could be a corporation with vast resources, users value their privacy more than money.

The Court was hearing an application seeking to provide WhatsApp with instructions to not weaken the data privacy of Indian users and to extend the very same privacy policy and terms of use to Indian users like in the European Zone.

The petitioners claimed that the way in which WhatsApp’s latest privacy policy was formulated and the terms of a new policy resulted in a significant breach of the fundamental right of privacy of People of India to use WhatsApp every day.

The appeal by two college students – Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi – was filed before the Constitution bench in their pending case where the 2016 consumer policy of Whatsapp was questioned.

The Supreme Court assigned the issue to the Constitution Bench in April 2017.Afterward, when the Constitution Bench took up the matter, it was held pending before the court because the Court was notified that a Data Security Bill was being prepared by Justice BN Srikrishna’s lead committee.

Subsequently, on 4 January 2021, WhatsApp revised its consumer policy, to the extent that the petitioners filed this latest affidavit before the Supreme Court on 5 January 2021.

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