A PIL was filed by two students, Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi, against WhatsApp’s new policy under which data of a user can be shared with Facebook.
A Petitioner Harish Salve claimed that,
“Under the new policy, users were unknowingly giving consent to WhatsApp and Facebook who could pry on personal messages.”
“They claim that this is being done to improve services to be given in future to users. Whether the snooping is done electronically or manually, the right to privacy of users gets breached. The government is duty bound to protect the fundamental right of every citizen. If it is failing, then the SC can surely issue appropriate directions.”
Statement from K K Venugopal, a Lawyer who is representing Facebook
“Facebook doesn’t put its users under any obligations and if users want they can easily delete Facebook as well as WhatsApp and stop using the service.”
WhatsApp’s Counsel Kapil Sibal told the court that,
“WhatsApp Messages and Voice Calls over the platform were end-to-end encrypted which ensured complete privacy. The contract between a user and WhatsApp was completely in the private domain. Therefore, the policy could not be tested constitutionally by the apex court. However, that is not ground enough to give WhatsApp the benefit of doubt.”
The court has fixed May 15 as the date for preliminary hearing.