Supreme Court issues notice to Facebook, WhatsApp over new privacy policy

2021-02-15 06:33:41

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to Facebook and WhatsApp in connection with a plea challenging its new privacy policy. It also sought responses from both the tech companies.
“You may be $2-3 trillion company but people’s privacy is more valuable for them and it is our duty to protect their privacy,” the top court told Facebook and WhatsApp.

In its notice, the SC said that “citizens have great apprehension about loss of their privacy and they think that their data and chats being shared with others and it has to be looked into.”
The government told SC that the companies can’t share data of users and data must be protected.
“Petitioner challenging privacy policy alleges that there is huge metadata of users which is being shared for profit,” it added.

WhatsApp and Facebook have refuted the Centre’s allegation of users’ data sharing. It told the court that same privacy policy is applicable to all countries except European nations which have special data protection law.

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