Supreme Court Issues Notice To Centre, WhatsApp On Plea Alleging Lower Standards Of Privacy For Indian Users
People are seen as they check mobile devices whilst standing against an illuminated wall bearing WhatsApp Inc.’s logo. (Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

Supreme Court Issues Notice To Centre, WhatsApp On Plea Alleging Lower Standards Of Privacy For Indian Users

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The Supreme Court on Monday sought responses from the Centre and WhatsApp within four weeks on a fresh plea alleging lower standards of privacy for Indians in comparison to European users of the messaging app.

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

A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde issued notice to the government and the Facebook-owned app on an interim application filed byKarmanya Singh Sareen in a pending petition of 2017.

The apex court said people value their privacy more than the value of the company which might be in trillions.

WhatsApp told the top court that Europe has a special law on privacy and it will also follow if India has a similar statute.

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