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Govt to frame data protection rules for WhatsApp, Facebook

Author: Bhadra Sinha / Source:

People are seen as silhouettes as they check mobile devices whilst standing against an illuminated wall bearing WhatsApp Inc’s logo.(Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The government is in the process of framing a policy to protect the data imprints on WhatsApp, Facebook and other applications, the Supreme Court was informed on Tuesday.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi supported the petition filed in the top court questioning the privacy policy of WhatsApp that allows the social media platform to share the data commercially left behind by its users. He said the comprehensive data protection framework would ban sharing of data by service providers or app owners.

The law officer made the submission before a five-judge bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra, which is hearing an appeal filed by two students, Karmanya Singh and Shreya Sethi.

Both have challenged a Delhi high court verdict that refused to accept their contention that WhatsApp privacy policy, which changed after Facebook took…

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