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Protecting user privacy top priority over money, Supreme Court

Protecting user privacy top priority over money Supreme Court

Eastern Times, New Delhi: Raising concerns about people having serious fears of losing their privacy for using Facebook and WhatsApp, the apex court has said on Monday that people value their own privacy far more than money.

“You (Facebook and WhatsApp) may be worth two or three trillion dollars, but the value of privacy to people is much more important than money, a bench headed by Chief Justice of the Supreme Court SA Bobde made the remarks at a hearing on Monday. The other two judges on the bench are AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian.

The court sought a response from the government and the messaging app within four weeks, alleging that the privacy of Indians was lower than that of European users of the messaging app.

The Supreme Court added that the right to privacy is a fundamental right and it is our responsibility to protect them.

The court has observed that the app has deep privacy issues, relying on a petition seeking to restrain WhatsApp from implementing its new privacy policy.

However, denying allegations of user data sharing, WhatsApp has told SC that the same privacy policy applies to all countries except European countries that have special data protection laws.

There is a special privacy law in Europe and if India has such a law, the agency will follow it. Chief Justice SA Bobade welcomed the proposal of lawyer Shyam Diwan.

 

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