On April 18, the Supreme Court of India is going to hear the appeal against the Delhi High Court verdict on Whatsapp i.e. Karmanya Singh Sareen & Anr v Union of India and Ors. The Delhi High Court has allowed Whatsapp to operate with certain guidelines. The High Court had directed Whatsapp to delete the data till 25 September. It was alleged that after Facebook acquired Whatsapp, the information about the users have been shared by the acquired company with the acquirer one. The counsel on behalf of Sareen had argued that the Government has the primary responsibility to protect “Right to Privacy” of the people.
Everyone has access to internet and most of the mobile phones are compatible to run the app. The information, which is to be shared with Facebook, has not yet been done. The users have been given enough opportunity to act on their discretion. But the issue related to Right to Privacy should be decided as soon as possible by the constitutional Bench in order to have a binding precedent. The main issue is most of us do not read the terms and conditions before subscribing to anything. If we are not aware of the same, we cannot blame the other party. The other party has every right to amend the provisions in order to cater to his or needs. The apps are made mainly for the socialization purpose. The Court can put restrictions on the users’ access but it cannot take away the earning source of the software company suddenly for the interests of the public.