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Supreme Court notice to Modi government, WhatsApp on plea alleging low privacy standards

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A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde issued notice to the government and the Facebook-owned app on an interim application filed byKarmanya Singh Sareen in a pending petition of 2017.

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday sought responses from the Narendra Modi government (Centre) and WhatsApp within four weeks on a fresh plea alleging lower standards of privacy for Indians in comparison to European users of the messaging app.

The top court said that people have grave apprehensions that they will lose their privacy, and it is our duty to protect them.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde issued notice to the government and the Facebook-owned app on an interim application filed byKarmanya Singh Sareen in a pending petition of 2017.

The apex court said people value their privacy more than the value of the company which might be in trillions.

WhatsApp told the top court that Europe has a special law on privacy and it will also follow if India has a similar statute.

Source: Press Trust of India 

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