WhatsApp privacy policy: Centre tells SC it’s working on data protection framework

By Rob 0

New Delhi: The Centre told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that it is thinking about bringing in a law on data protection.

“We are considering all aspects of data protection including the right to be forgotten,” the government’s top law officer attorney general Mukul Rohatgi said.

The issue came up during a five-judge bench hearing to decide whether instant messaging service WhatsApp’s user data sharing policy violated citizens’ right to privacy.

The apex court said specific questions requiring interpretation of the constitution will be framed during the next hearing on 27 April.

The case is an appeal against last year’s ruling of the Delhi high court allowing Facebook-owned WhatsApp to enforce its new privacy policy.

Petitioner Karmanya Singh Sareen, a student, had sought the intervention of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) to regulate use of data that belongs to Indians.

The ruling delivered by Delhi high court chief justice G. Rohini had asked Trai to determine if an instant messaging service such as WhatsApp could be brought under the existing statutory framework.

On 25 August 2016, WhatsApp notified users to accept recent changes in its terms and conditions, which included allowing WhatsApp to pass information about them to its parent Facebook for commercial use.

WhatApp’s new privacy policy allows it to collect and share information about its users with Facebook and all its group companies for the purpose of commercial advertising and marketing on its platform.

First Published: Tue, Apr 18 2017. 05 52 PM IST

[Source: livemint.com]