On the other hand, Harish Salve who is representing the petitioners opposed the statement by saying – “They claim that this is being done to improve services to be given in future to users. Whether the snooping is done electronically or manually, the right to privacy of users gets breached. The government is duty bound to protect the fundamental right of every citizen. If it is failing, then the SC can surely issue appropriate directions.”
To recall, a couple of students named Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi with the help of their advocate filed a petition against WhatsApp of sharing crucial user information with Facebook. However, WhatsApp soon denied and claimed that it is only sharing some of the user data and that too only by mutual consent.
Interestingly, a similar case was recently witnessed in Germany where Facebook soon agreed to pause the whole process of WhatsApp sharing the data with Facebook which apparently applies that Facebook is, in fact, getting the benefit of the lack of any concrete privacy laws in India.
The preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 15 and while people will surely fall on both sides of the argument this time, what do you think?