Social Media Intermediary WhatsApp on Wednesday (1 February) informed the Supreme Court that it does not possess any sensitive data of its users, and doesn’t share it with any others, including its parent company Meta (earlier Facebook).
WhatsApp submitted to the court that the company does not possess any sensitive data of its users except their names and phone numbers. It further added that the concept of sharing data comes into question only if the user is on both Facebook and WhatsApp.
The bench was also informed by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that the government intends to introduce the Data Protection Bill in the second half of the budget session and will address the grievances raised on breach of privacy by social media intermediaries.
Lawyers appearing for various intermediaries seconded that court should defer the hearings, and that it would not have to adjudicate the case since the grievances would be addressed by the law itself.
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