WhatsApp users are free to quit WhatsApp messaging service which is owned by Facebook, said a representative in the supreme court. WhatsApp is dragged to court for data security and privacy case filed by two students, Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi.

A report from Economic Times states that Facebook Representative said “Those who find the new privacy policy irksome or violative of their fundamental rights, can quit. We have given full freedom to users to withdraw from Facebook and WhatsApp,”

Government is also planning to form regulatory regime for internet based messaging and voice call platforms to protect the freedom and fundamental rights of users. Kapil Sibal, one of the representative of Facebook, said that WhatsApp already provided end-to-end encryption for security. And, if the government was going to come up with a policy there was no point in deciding the matter now.

The bench hearing the issue consist of Justices AK Sikri, Amitava Roy, AM Khanwilkar and MM Shantanagoudar. With such statement that users are free to quit WhatsApp, it seem to be that Facebook representative are asking users to make negative choice.

“They claim that this is being done to improve services to be given in future to users. Whether the snooping is done electronically or manually, the right to privacy of users gets breached. The government is duty bound to protect the fundamental right of every citizen. If it is failing, then the SC can surely issue appropriate directions,” Harish Salve, appearing for the petitioners, said. The bench has fixed the next hearing for 15 May.


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