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WhatsApp’s Privacy Policy Becomes a Problem


WhatsApp had presented itself before the Supreme Court and attempted to assure it that the content of its users messages have not been exposed to any third party groups. However, the Supreme Court remained unconvinced and said that its users cannot remain trapped within a corridor of benevolence.

The Supreme Court said they will be examining WhatsApp’s 2016 privacy policies as soon as the court reopens after their summer vacation. This follows the fact that WhatsApp has been bought by Facebook and had its policies changed follow the deal. Also, it has been rumored that WhatsApp has shared its data with the now parent-company Facebook. This is not the only time WhatsApp has faced legal issues. The messaging application has also received a fine of over $3.3 million from an Italian court because it forced its users to have their data shared with Facebook. The European Union’s data protection authorities have requested that Facebook cease the sharing of their users’ information due to concerns regarding the consent of this situation. According to Harish Salve, WhatsApp’s User Policy will permit it to hold on videos and pictures which are circulated and this means that Facebook will have access to data that has been picked up by WhatsApp.

This new Privacy Policy has been unveiled on the month of August 2016, and it allows it to share data, phone numbers included, with Facebook. However, legal representatives from WhatsApp claim that the end-to-end encryption system they have prevents even the parent company from having access to them.

The Supreme Court bench will be constituted by five judges, comprised of Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Amitava Roy, Justice A.K. Sikri, Justice Mohan M. Shantanagoudar and Justice A.M. Khanwilkar. With the leader in this investigation being Justice Dipak Misra.