WhatsApp privacy- SC to hear case on May 15
Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp
Facebook announced its acquisition of WhatsApp for $19 billion. Loyal users of the chat platform across the board expressed concerns over dilution of privacy safeguards. To effectively assuage users' concerns, WhatsApp co-founder published a blog post and said "Respect for your privacy is coded into our DNA, and we built WhatsApp around the goal of knowing as little about you as possible".
WhatsApp's U-turn unnerving
In April 2016, keeping in sync with its commitment to privacy, WhatsApp introduced end-to-end encryption. This would ensure that messages couldn't be read by any third party, not even WhatsApp. The encryption would always be on and couldn't be turned off, inadvertently compromising privacy.
Reason to worry?
WhatsApp to Delhi HC: Don't have access to data
Facebook owned messaging giant WhatsApp told the Delhi High Court that it has no access to the data that users share between them and hence there are no privacy concerns over data sharing with Facebook. WhatsApp stated that the only data that would be shared were user-names and phone numbers. They clarified that users had the option of refusing to share data with Facebook.
SC issues notice to Facebook, WhatsApp