Apex court reiterates user data can't be shared for profit
The SC's notice comes after Facebook provided a vague, boilerplate response to MeitY's notice to the company on the same issue. The company's refusal to categorically answer the government's concerns has essentially resulted in the Supreme Court's intervention.
The apex court has made it clear that private user data must be protected and that Facebook isn't allowed to share it with third parties.
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The Supreme Court's notice noted the Indian government's concerns about Facebook sharing "huge metadata of users" for profit.
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The notice further highlights the apprehension of Indian citizens about the lack of control over their private data with the Facebook and WhatsApp offerings.
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People have been wary of having their messages and other data being shared with other Facebook's properties and advertisers, and have therefore been leaving in droves for rival platforms.