The bench, headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, held that people’s privacy should be protected in the wake of allegations that users’ data was shared with other companies.
The Supreme Court said, “There is a concern that the circuit of messages has been revealed by WhatsApp.” The bench further noted that citizens “are very apprehensive about the loss of their privacy” and they think that their data and chats being shared with others and it has to be looked into.
“You (WhatsApp and Facebook) are people of two or three trillion companies, but people value their privacy more than money,” the bench told incoming councils for Facebook and WhatsApp.
The CJI further told the companies’ consuls, “We are telling you what we have heard and read. People think that if A, B and B send messages to C, then Facebook knows the circuit of messages.”
The plea states that WhatsApp’s 2021 policy is “highly offensive and unilaterally forced on Indian Internet users”.