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WhatsApp Privacy: Supreme Court Constitution Bench To Hear On Monday

Author: Press Trust of India / Source:

The WhatsApp matter would be heard by a bench comprising five judges.

New Delhi: A five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court will from Monday start examining the privacy policy of instant messaging service WhatsApp, which has come under challenge on the ground that it allegedly infringed on the fundamental rights.

The crucial matter has been listed before a second constitution bench during the summer vacation. A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar is already hearing the triple talaq matter.

The WhatsApp matter would be heard by a bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra, AK Sikri, Amitava Roy, AM Khanwilkar and MM Shantanagoudar.

The Centre on April 27 had told the bench that a “regulatory regime” for data protection was in the offing as an individual’s freedom of choice needs to be protected. The government’s submission had come after the constitution bench had asked it to clarify its stand on the issue.

Senior advocate Harish Salve, who was appearing for petitioners Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi, had placed before the bench the questions of law which were required to be dealt with in the matter.

Referring to the WhatsApp’s new privacy policy, Mr Salve had said that someone could snoop into the messages, videos and photos which a user shares or circulates on the instant messaging platform.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing WhatsApp, had countered the submissions saying they were protecting privacy of users as they have an end-to-end encryption technology which cannot be looked at by a third person.

Senior counsel KK Venugopal, representing Facebook, had also filed an application raising the preliminary issues on the maintainability of the plea.

During the hearing, Mr Salve had read out…

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