Users Can Quit If New WhatsApp Privacy Police Is Irksome: Facebook Counsel In SC

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| April 28 , 2017 , 11:12 IST
[caption id="attachment_238308" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Quit If New WhatsApp Privacy Police Is Irksome: Facebook Counsel In SC Quit If New WhatsApp Privacy Police Is Irksome: Facebook Counsel In SC[/caption] Facing a possible scrutiny in the privacy policies of messaging platform WhatsApp, its owner and social media giant Facebook told the Supreme Court that those having doubts can quit WhatsApp. On behalf of WhatsApp, advocate Kapil Sibal assured the apex court that messages and voice calls over the messaging service ensured full privacy as they were end-to-end encrypted. ALSO READ: WhatsApp Group Admins Be Careful! Offensive Posts In Group Can Land YOU In Jail However, he maintained that as the contract between WhatsApp and the respective user was in the private domain the privacy issues could not be tried by the SC constitutionally and therefore that the petition filed by students Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi was not maintainable. The more blunt Facebook counsel K K Venugopal was quoted by Times of India as saying "Those who find the new privacy policy irksome or violative of their fundamental rights, can quit. We've given full freedom to users to withdraw from Facebook and WhatsApp." On behalf of the petitioners, Harish Salve said that under the new policy, consumers were made to give consent to both WhatsApp and Facebook and that private messages shared between users on WhatsApp could be snooped on by FB. ALSO READ: 300 WhatsApp Groups Identified For Mobilising Stone-Pelters In Kashmir "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," TOI quoted Salve as saying. Additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta appearing for the centre told the court that a regulatory regime for internet based messaging and voice call platforms would soon be put in place. The preliminary hearing has been fixed for May 15.