The Supreme Court sent a notice to WhatsApp center regarding a plea over low privacy standards for Indian users.

We all know that the technology and digitalisation are growing at a rapid pace and with this rapid pace there’s a question of privacy too. Do these big firms like WhatsApp will be able to protect the privacy of its users? Users are in apprehension that their privacy will be lost as per the new update. But now the supreme court has said that it is our duty to protect them. And we can even take strict actions against the organisation to protect our people’s privacy.

Recently a plea was sent to WhatsApp saying that Indians were given lower standards of privacy as compared to European users. The Supreme Court on Monday asked WhatsApp to reply to this plea saying it’s our duty to protect the privacy of our citizens.

You may be a two or three trillion organisation but the value of our citizen’s privacy is far more than this. People have a great apprehension of losing their privacy. Privacy of our citizens can not be sacrificed at any cost. A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde told WhatsApp that even if Europe has their own special data protection laws, Our citizen’s privacy is also important.

A notice was issued to the government and Facebook-owned app on an earlier application from a pending petition of 2017 by Karmanya Singh Sareen. The senior advocate Shyam Divan from the side of the petitioner argued that the messaging app is providing a lower standard of privacy to Indian users and it’ll be compulsory soon to share data with Facebook after the new update.

The bench of the judiciary said that we’re impressed with the Divan’s argument and it’s a point of observation and a Data Protection law should be made and brought into force to protect the privacy and priceless data of our citizens.

On the other side, Senior advocate Kapil Sibal who was favouring WhatsApp said that Europe has a special data protection law (General Data Protection Regulation) and our organisation follows that law if such law is also implemented in India by the Parliament then their organisation will do the same i.e follow the law.

Divan also said that none of the social media apps has any right to share user’s data and instead of this cheap thing they should provide assured protection to their user’s data.

The person who filed the petition challenged the privacy policy by saying that there is a huge exchange of user’s data for profit. The court in 2017 transferred this issue to a separate Constitution bench as WhatsApp is a huge social media platform and having an issue with such apps’ privacy policy is a big concern and right to personal liberty.

The appeal filed in the court by Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi forced the Delhi high court to look deeply into this matter and the court said that no relief will be given in the case of data sharing and it will be treated under infringement of fundamental rights under Article 19 (Freedom of Speech and Expression) and 21 (Right to Life) of the Constitution.

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