Acting on a plea concerning the privacy of users on Facebook and WhatsApp, the Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the social media giant and its messaging app directing them to file their replies in the matter within four weeks.
The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde said, “You (Facebook and WhatsApp) may be a $2-3 trillion company, but people value their privacy more than money.”
Solicitor general Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, said that no compromise will be made with privacy as it is the right of the people of the country.
Advocate Mukul Rohatgi, on behalf of WhatsApp, said that there is no threat to privacy from the policy.
“We want to be clear that the policy update does not affect the privacy of your messages with friends or family in any way. Instead, this update includes changes related to messaging a business on WhatsApp, which is optional, and provides further transparency about how we collect and use data,” the company had said.
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