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WhatsApp case: For people, privacy matters more than firm's value, says SC

Centre, WhatsApp get notice over privacy standards

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In January, WhatsApp had renewed its terms of service and privacy policy to ‘better integrate’ with other products and services offered by its parent company, which stated users must agree to its new data-sharing norms, including business conversations with Facebook

Samreen AhmadAgencies Bengaluru
The Supreme Court on Monday sought responses from the Centre and Facebook-owned WhatsApp within a month on a fresh plea alleging lower standards of privacy for Indian users as compared with European counterparts.

A Bench, headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde, was hearing an interim application filed by petitioners, Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi, in a pending petition of 2017. Their lawyer, Shyam Diwan, said the messaging app was differentiating between European countries and India in its policy.

The apex court said people have grave apprehensions that they will lose their privacy, and it is our duty to protect them.

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First Published: Feb 15 2021 | 9:59 PM IST

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