The bench asked the petitioner if he had read the terms and conditions of any mobile application he use.
“You would be surprised as to what all you are consenting to”. “Even Google maps captures all your data and stores it,” the court said adding, “it’s a voluntary thing Mr Lal, don’t accept it. This is a private App. Don’t join in.”
The court further said it could not understand what data would be leaked according to the petitioner and since the issue requires consideration, it will be listed on January 25 due to paucity of time on Monday.
In his plea, Mr Rohilla had said, “WhatsApp is discharging a Public Function despite being a private entity. In the prevalent Covid-19 pandemic times, confidential proceedings, such as that of the mediations, are being conducted by WhatsApp. For instance, the District Legal Services Authority, Mediation and Conciliation Centre, Gurugram, uses WhatsApp to conduct mediation proceedings (Video Conference) through WhatsApp.”
“WhatsApp has made a mockery out of our fundamental right to privacy while discharging a public function in India, besides jeopardising the National Security of the country by sharing, transmitting and storing the users data in some other country and that data, in turn, will be governed by the laws of that foreign country”, the plea read.
It had also sought for a direction to the Centre to lay down guidelines in exercise of its powers under the Information Technology Act to ensure that WhatsApp does not share any user data with any third party including Facebook. (UNI)