The Division Bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Prateek Jalan gave WhatsApp and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology time till March 19 to file their response.
Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma told the court earlier that the Personal Data Protection Bill is pending before the court and the Joint Parliamentary Committee is deliberating on the issue of data protection.
In the petition which was filed by Dr. Seema Singh who is a Noida resident along with Meghan and Vikram who are Delhi residents, it was argued that the fissures in law with regard to the data are conspicuous and a framework of guidelines is necessary to regulate the same.
The petition says that there billions of people using social media and millions of WhatsApp users in India itself. Thus, information shared that is generally personal is more. In this situation, the information is susceptible to being misused if that particular media decides to sell or exploit the information to another third party.
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