The primary contention of the petitioner is that the new policy ‘virtually gives a 360-degree profile into a person’s online activity’, without any ‘government oversight’, and ‘takes away the choice’ of a user to not share his data with other Facebook-owned apps and third-party apps. The petition has highlighted there is no clarity on the extent to which data will be shared. It raises questions about what will be done with the sensitive data of users.
Referring to the petition, Sharma said that the concerned authorities are looking at the Data Protection Bill. He said it is being discussed by the Joint Parliamentary Committee. The submissions were made before a Single Judge Bench of Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva.
Last week, in the Court, the counsel for the petitioner, advocate Manohar Lal had contended that there should be some law, as everything that a user was doing was being analysed by WhatsApp. This included personal messages and browsing history. The Court had said that several other platforms also did the same and not just Whatsapp alone. Senior Counsel appearing for WhatsApp and Facebook had submitted that the private WhatsApp chats were completely encrypted. They had said the petition itself is not maintainable.