New Delhi: The Supreme Court while hearing WhatsApp’s new data sharing policy plea on Monday told the messaging app and its mother firm, Facebook, that it will have to intervene to protect people’s privacy even if they are trillion dollar companies.
Issuing a notice to the Centre, along with the two social media platforms, the apex court is now set examine the popular service’s fresh course on this front.
“You (Facebook and WhatsApp) may be two or three trillion (dollar) company. But people value their privacy. It is our duty and we have to protect people’s privacy,” the top Court said on Monday.
“People have great apprehension over loss of privacy,” Chief Justice of India Sharad A Bobde said adding, “People think that if somebody messages to someone then…the whole thing is disclosed to Facebook.”
However, both Facebook and WhatsApp, through their counsel Kapil Sibal and Arvind Datar, respectively, told the SC Judges-bench that such fears were not based in reality.
Senior Advocate Sibal, however, said, “This policy is applicable to rest of the world, except Europe. Europe has a special law and we will follow that law. Once there is a law here we will follow that.”
Replying to Advocate Sibal’s assertion, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta then told the court whether there was a law or not, privacy must be protected as it was a fundamental right. He also said the court’s apprehension over data was shared by the nation.
The next hearing of this case court will be after four weeks.