The applicants prayed that WhatsApp would not extend lower standards of privacy to Indians and would apply the same standards of privacy to Europeans.
“A three-judge Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde, Justices A.S. Bopanna & V. Ramasubramanian requested “WhatsApp,” an American voice-over service messaging firm operated by Facebook, Inc. to file its reaction to the Indian Citizens’ “Privacy” petition.
Shyam Divan, the Senior Lawyer for the Claimants, said that in terms of privacy requirements, WhatsApp discriminated between Indians and Europeans.
People have serious concerns over the lack of privacy. You may be a corporation of 2 million or trillion, but individuals are worried about their privacy,’ the Chief Justice said.
The Court was hearing the complaint submitted by Law Students Karmanya Singh Sareen & Shreya Sethi, in their pending case (Karmanya Singh Sareen & Anr. Vs Union of India Ministry of Communications Division of Telecommunications Secretary & Ors.), after WhatsApp updated its consumer policy on 4th January 2021.