WhatsApp and Facebook may be a 2-3 trillion-dollar company but privacy rights are costlier than that, says SC

"You WhatsApp and Facebook may be a 2-3 trillion-dollar company but privacy rights of people is costlier than that. Protecting that is our duty," the CJI remarked.

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Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to Facebook and WhatsApp seeking their response on a plea challenging WhatsApp’s latest privacy policy.

India’s CJI S A Bobde observed that user privacy should be protected.”You WhatsApp and Facebook may be a 2-3 trillion-dollar company but privacy rights of people is costlier than that. Protecting that is our duty,” the CJI remarked.India’s top court said people have grave apprehension that they will lose their privacy, adding, “it is our duty to protect them”.

During the hearing, WhatsApp told India’s apex court that “Europe has special law on privacy, will also follow if India has similar statute”. A petitioner had alleged that the updated privacy policy of WhatsApp would adversely impact the fundamental right to privacy of Indians.

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