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JUSTICE PRATHIBA SINGH RECUSES FROM HEARING THE PLEA AGAINST THE WHATS APP’S NEW PRIVACY POLICY

15th January 2021

JUSTICE PRATHIBA SINGH RECUSES FROM HEARING THE PLEA AGAINST THE WHATS APP’S NEW PRIVACY POLICY

WhatsApp has updated its privacy policy and made its users accept the terms and conditions, failing which it would terminate the user's account with effect from 8th February 2021. Justice Prathiba Singh refused to hear a petition challenging WhatsApp's new policy. She asked to present this case as a PIL and list it before a different bench for hearing on Monday.
Adv Chaitanya Rohilla filed a petition stating that WhatsApp's updated policy gives the company a 360-degree profile into a person's online activity. Such a level of insight into a person's personal activities is being done without any regulatory supervision.
He urged the court to issue an injunction order for restraining WhatsApp to enforce such policy and requesting the central government to exercise its power under the Information Technology Act and ensure that WhatsApp does not share any of its users' information with any other third party.
The petitioner also stated that WhatsApp's updated policy violated the fundamental right, i.e., The right of privacy, which is being a guaranteed fundamental right under part III of the Indian constitution. The users use such an app to communicate, and if the information regarding the same would be shared on the world's largest platform, i.e., Facebook and the third party would be considered illegal.

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