A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh issued notice to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, seeking their stand on the plea by March 15.
Notably, WhatsApp has asked users to either give their consent to share data with Facebook or lose their accounts after February 8. The policy was, however, put on hold till May 15 due to a massive backlash by the users.
The petitioner, Seema Singh, through advocate Meghan, argued that the impact of the WhatsApp policy can cause a catastrophe with respect to the data of the citizens.
The plea submitted that the fissures in law with respect to data are quite conspicuous and a framework to regulate the same is the need of the hour.
It has sought direction from the court to the government to frame rules, guidelines, and regulations to protect the privacy and data of the citizens from all the apps and organisations operating in India.
Besides this, the petitioner prayed for the right to seek confirmation, access, and rectification, the right to objection, restriction, and portability of the data, and the right to be forgotten as being part of Article 21, and intrinsic to the right to privacy.
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