As per PTI, the petitioners argued that the conduct of services like WhatsApp violate Article 19 (Freedom of Speech and Expression) and Article 21 (Right to Life) of the Indian constitution.
Today's ruling by Chief Justice JS Khehar reignites the plea two students brought to the Delhi High Court previous year. "We are, therefore, of the view that it is always open to the existing users of WhatsApp, who do not want their information to be shared with Facebook, to opt for deletion of their account". "Here, TRAI is doing nothing", Mr.
The High Court had also asked the Centre to consider if instant messaging app WhatsApp and social networking site could be brought under the statutory regulatory framework. The decision was given out after WhatsApp's had chose to share user data with parent company Facebook. "In its first revised modification on 25 August, 2016, Respondents (WhatsApp, Facebook Inc. and Facebook India Online Pvt Ltd) have introduced this policy which severely compromises the rights of its users and makes the privacy rights of users completely vulnerable", the plea alleged. Salve should himself argue the case and sought the assistance of Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi.
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As he urged the court to intervene in the matter as new policy of WhatsApp affected the privacy of the people using the site, the bench observed whenever the messaging service will change their conditions, they will gave a notice to its users. India has 160 million active monhly users. "Isn't WhatsApp free? When the service is free and the user has the option of opting out from using the services, how can they be restrained from accessing the data sent through the medium created by them?"