TThe Supreme Court Monday issued notice to Facebook, WhatsApp and the Central Government on a plea seeking to restrain WhatsApp from bringing its new policy on privacy into force.
“It is our duty to protect the privacy of people who are apprehensive of your policy. You may be two million or trillion company”, CJI SA Bobde remarked.
The plea alleged lower standards of privacy for Indians in comparison to European users.
It said Europe had a special law on privacy and it would also follow it if India had a similar statute.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the court that regardless of whether there was a law or not, privacy would have to be protected as it was a fundamental right. He also said the court’s apprehension over data was shared by the nation.
The article was originally published in The Leaflet.