Supreme Court Issues Notice To Centre, Whatsapp And Facebook On Data Privacy
On a petition challenging the privacy of WhatsApp messages, the Supreme Court today sent notice to the centre, telecom regulator TRAI, WhatsApp and Facebook.
"It's a free service. Take it or leave it," Chief Justice of India, JS Khehar, said as a petitioner argued that around WhatApp messages should be regulated and privacy should be protected as around 155 million users are involved.
The court has asked for a response within two weeks from the government and others.
Facebook and WhatsApp are also facing trouble in Germany over this data-sharing, with the German privacy watchdog ordering Facebook to delete whatever data it has received from WhatsApp. Unlike India, where there are no specific privacy laws to deal with user data and how it is shared and stored, Germany has strict data privacy laws.