'People value their privacy, it's our duty to protect them': SC issues notice to WhatsApp over new policy
Posting the matter for four weeks later, the top court bench -- that included CJI SA Bobde, Justice AS Bopanna and Justice V Ramasubramanian -- said that people have "grave apprehension" about the sharing of data and noted that it is its "duty to protect them".
"We are impressed by Mr Divan's argument that it was proposed before us that a data protection law would be brought into force. Now under this policy, you will share data of Indians. You may be two or three trillion companies but people value their privacy more than money," CJI Bobde said, as reported by Bar and Bench.
Meanwhile, the WhatsApp, during the hearing, told the court that Europe has a special law on privacy and it will also follow if India has a similar statute. It also noted that the policy for India is similar to policy applicable in the US, Australia and other countries.
On the other hand, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, said the right to privacy is a fundamental right and they cannot compromised with the privacy of people.
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma