Data protection: SC asks WhatsApp to publicise undertaking given in 2021
2 February, 2023 | Vaishali Sharma
A five-judge Constitution bench led by Justice KM Joseph directed WhatsApp to place advertisements in five publications to publicise its commitment to the government. The bench, which also included Justices Ajay Rastogi, Aniruddha Bose, Hrishikesh Roy, and CT Ravikumar, recorded the submission of a mobile messaging app and stated that they will follow the provisions of the letter to the government.
“We record the stand taken in the letter (to the government) and we record the submission of the senior counsel for WhatsApp that they will abide by the terms of the letter… till the next date of hearing. We further direct that WhatsApp will give publicity to this aspect to the customers of WhatsApp in five national newspapers on two occasions,” the bench said.
The apex court posted the matter for hearing on April 11.
Yesterday, the top court apprised by the Centre that a new Data Protection Bill, 2022 would be introduced in the Parliament in the second half of the Budget session.
Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi, two students, claimed that the contract between the two firms to provide access to calls, images, texts, videos, and documents provided by users violated their privacy and free speech.