Justice Pratibha Singh said in open court that
“The court has received an e-mail. I take strong objection to that. There was no need to send an e-mail. I was not going to hear this matter.”
Senior advocates like Mukul Rohtagi and Kapil Sibal appearing on behalf of WhatsApp also admitted on Friday that an e-mail of this sort should not have been seen. Advocate Tejas Karia, who had sent the e-mail also regretted and apologized to the court. He was finally made to withdraw it.
Rohilla through her advocate Manohar Lal also contended that WhatsApp takes away the choice of sharing it with a third party which goes against the fundamental rights of citizens.
He added that WhatsApp through its new policy is evidently trying to share its user’s data with parent companies and other companies which will use that data to serve their personal interests.
A retired Supreme Court lawyer said since legally there is no choice for the customers as they have to accept the new policy else their services will be stopped, users are likely to migrate towards other apps like Telegram and Signal.
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