Plea alleges that social networking sites compromise the privacy of interpersonal communication of over 150 million people in the country
“It is a serious concern that data of Indian users is stored on American servers. But how can the government intervene when a private company is providing a service and people are voluntarily using it," the bench said in an oral observation.
Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing on behalf of petitioner Karmanya Singh Sareen said the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has a duty to regulate use of data that belongs to Indians.
On 25 August 2016, WhatsApp sent a notification to its users, asking them to accept recent changes in its terms and conditions.
Many users agreed without checking the changes, and with that, unintentionally allowed WhatsApp to hand over information about them to its parent company Facebook for commercial use.