Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Chetan Sharma the court that an opt-out option to not share data with Facebook has been given to European users of WhatsApp, but it has not been given to the Indian users
“This differential treatment is certainly a cause of concern for the government. The government is also concerned about the Indian users being subjected to these changes rather unilaterally by not providing them the ability to opt out,” he added.
Sharma asserted that companies like WhatsApp and Facebook were indulging in an ‘all or nothing approach’ by not giving the Indian citizens a choice to refuse their new data-sharing approach.
“This leverages the social significance of WhatsApp to force users into a bargain which may infringe on their interests in information privacy and information security.”
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has already sought certain key information from WhatsApp regarding this issue.
Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal is appearing for the Facebook Inc owned freeware application. He said that the central government’s communication will be responded to accordingly. The court will hear the matter on 1 March now.
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