Tribune News Service
New Delhi, February 5
A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde toldpetitioner Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) that the issue was already pending before the Delhi High Court.
It had sought a direction to the Government to restrain WhatsApp and Facebook from storing and utilising the works transmitted through the messaging service for any purpose.
CAIT had also urged the top court to direct the two companies to allow the Centre to carry out ‘Technical Audits’ of their data centres, where the data of Indian users are stored, so as to retrieve and delete such data of Indian Users.
The petitioner accused the Centre of failing to discharge its constitutional duty of protecting the privacy rights of citizens. Citizen’s personal data is being collected by a foreign entity and is being transferred outside the country, it alleged.
“Centre failed to impose necessary and restrictive conditions in the instant case, though on the proposed policy of Whatsapp, European Union’s Antitrust Authority had imposed serious restrictions and fines of 110 million euros in 2017,” read the CAIT petition.
In 2016, Germany, the UK and the entire European Union had prohibited similar action of Facebook which was also asked to delete all the data relating to Whatsapp users, it said.
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