WhatsApp confirmed in its response that all its regulations were in place and Facebook does not have any access to the user’s data as it secured by the end-to-end encryption.
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The report of the response was submitted to a bench comprising the Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal and the Chief Justice G Rohini, who had heard the PIL against the company’s latest decision to share its user data with Facebook. Siddharth Luthra, a Senior advocate representing WhatsApp reported that all the government regulations are in place and the instant messaging firm does not share its user’s private data, messages, contents or photos with Facebook. He also mentioned that WhatsApp shares only the user’s name and contact number with Facebook, and the end-to-end encryption does not allow any access to other data. The advocate said that the company has access to only the user’s name and phone number, which is obtained by an online consent and said that the company is abiding by all regulations of the central government that have been imposed for the messenger apps and does not deal with any sensitive information.
In the brief hearing, the senior advocate representing WhatsApp contradicted the allegations made by the petitioners saying that teenagers were also using the WhatsApp messenger and so there is a possibility of misusing the data.
The plea had sought direction for prohibiting WhatsApp, Facebook India Online Pvt Ltd, and Facebook Inc. from sharing any kind of data or details of the subscribers with any individual or body including Facebook and its group of companies.