WhatsApp has already hit an obstacle on its attempt to share data on the messaging app with parent company Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB). The proposed new privacy policy is the subject of a heated debate in the corridors of justice in India, two users having filed a lawsuit alleging that such a move would ‘compromise the rights of its users’.

Protection To Privacy

The new privacy policy according to Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi is s a stark contrast to a privacy policy that has been in operation since July 7, 2012. The plaintiffs allege that the new policy that is scheduled to come into effect on September 25, 2016, will severely compromise the rights of many people using the messaging app.

A point of concern to the plaintiff is that the new policy will take away the protection of privacy, given the expected sharing of data with Facebook for commercial advertising and marketing purposes. The plaintiff’s lawyers have already taken a swipe of how the entire policy is drafted arguing that it is highly deceptive and complicated for the entire users of WhatsApp in India to understand it.

Plaintiffs Demands

The plaintiffs through their lawyers have asked the high court to prohibit Facebook, WhatsApp, and Facebook India from entering into any data sharing agreement. They also want the court to direct all appropriate authorities to discharge their executive powers to ensure protection and safety of privacy of details for WhatsApp users in India.

The petitioners also want WhatsApp to restrain the availability of the WhatsApp service to all those users who do not accept the new policy. Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra have issued a notice to the Center and asked all concerned authorities to file a reply on the matter not later than September 14, 2016.

Even on the high court issuing direction on the matter, the plaintiffs also want the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to take swift action under the Information Technology Act. The agency according to the two plaintiffs should swing into action and regulate the functioning of WhatsApp and Facebook India to ensure right to privacy.

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