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WhatsApp private policy: Centre assures SC of considering law on data protection

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Assuring the Supreme that it was actively considering a on protecting data imprint of individuals on WhatsApp, and other social networking sites, the Centre on Tuesday sought deferment of the hearing in the WhatsApp privacy policy matter.

Attorney General told a five-judge constitution bench, headed by Justice that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of (TRAI) was in the process of evolving the data protection framework.

Earlier on January 17, the apex issued notice to WhatsApp and the Central on the data privacy.

The also agreed to examine as to whether Facebook's access to details of calls, messages, photographs and documents exchanged by the users of WhatsApp violated the citizens' right to privacy.

Earlier, the instant messaging platform had said that its new privacy policy does not infringe on the privacy of users and no third party can read the messages due to its end-to-end encryption. When a user deletes his or her WhatsApp account, the information is no longer retained on its servers, the company had claimed before the Delhi High Court.

A petition filed before the Supreme Court had claimed that there is no protection of data on and WhatsApp.

According to the petitioner, there are 157 million users on WhatsApp and Facebook, therefore the service provided by the and messaging app should be considered as a public utility service.

In September 2016, the Delhi High Court had ordered WhatsApp to delete the data of users who had deleted the messaging app from their devices.

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First Published: Tue, April 18 2017. 20:57 IST