India’s Supreme Court admonishes WhatsApp over user privacy
Divan’s petition has resulted in a Supreme Court reprimand for WhatsApp over its attitude to its users’ privacy, reportedly telling it, “You may be a $2-3 trillion company, but people’s privacy is more valuable for them – and it is our duty to protect their privacy”.
WhatsApp now has four weeks to respond to the court’s stance. Meanwhile, India’s latest Personal Data Protection Bill is still in the process of being passed as a law despite being proposed in 2019. However, it may not matter if WhatsApp’s dreaded terms-of-service notification beats it to the punch, as it is rapidly losing market share worldwide to alternatives such as Telegram and Signal.