NEW DELHI: WhatsApp may be a $2-3 trillion company but people value their privacy more than money, the Supreme Court said, issuing notices to the US-based instant messaging firm’s reply on a fresh plea challenging its new policy to share users’ data with parent company Facebook.
On Monday, a bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde noted that people’s privacy must be protected in view of the allegation that their data was being shared with other companies. It asked the respondents to respond in four weeks.
On behalf of the petitioner, senior advocate Shyam Divan pointed out that WhatsApp was differentiating between Indian and European users in terms of privacy standards. He also alleged that huge metadata was being shared for profit.
What will not change according to WhatsApp
“The privacy and security of your personal messages and calls do not change. They are protected by end-to-end encryption, and WhatsApp and Facebook cannot read or listen to them. We will never weaken this security and we label each chat so you know our commitment,” the instant messaging says to users in a message on its website.