WhatsApp privacy case: SC issues notices to Centre, TRAI and Facebook

The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to the Centre, telecom regulator TRAI and Facebook in WhatsApp privacy case.

WhatsApp privacy case: SC issues notices to Centre, TRAI and Facebook

The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to the Centre, telecom regulator TRAI and Facebook in WhatsApp privacy case.

The SC has sought reply in two weeks. SC also sought assistance of attorney general Mukul Rohatgi in the case.

The petitioner Karmanya Singh's counsel through Harish Salve said that the non-protection of data on Facebook and WhatsApp violated users' privacy.

The apex court is said to have agreed to hear the case after initial reluctance on the ground that both Facebook and WhatsApp are free services and there is no kind of compulsion for users to join them.


The Delhi High Court in September last year, told WhatsApp to scrub all data belonging to those who delete the messaging app from their devices.

The judges asked WhatsApp to completely delete information of users who do not want to remain on it and not share any information with Facebook after the account is deleted. It also said the service shouldn't share information of existing WhatsApp users with Facebook until September 25.

Petitioners Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi filed the case after WhatsApp updated its privacy policy on August 25 for the first time after it was acquired by Facebook in 2014.