Asking the companies to respond in four weeks, a Bench headed by CJI SA Bobde said people’s privacy must be protected in view of the allegation that users’ data was being shared with other companies, reports said.
The petitioners demanded that WhatsApp should not apply lower privacy standards for Indians and that it should be on the lines of what these companies follow in Europe.
“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,” NDTV quoted the Supreme Court as saying.
“People have great apprehension over loss of privacy,” Chief Justice of India Sharad A Bobde said. “If A sends a message to B and to C, people fear all these messages are shared with Facebook. People have apprehension of loss of their data and privacy because of the new policy.” Facebook and WhatsApp told the court that such fears were baseless.