Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma said the Centre has sent out questionnaires to WhatsApp on various issues seeking answers. He also said a joint parliamentary committee is looking into the matter.
The original PIL says, “Social media in recent years has been used by billions of people around the world and millions of Indians today are dependent on WhatsApp. Therefore information which is generally personal is shared at an enormous level. This information is susceptible to being misused if the social media giant decides to either sell or exploit the information, sensitive to the users, to any third party.”
In its submission, Facebook, the company that owns WhatsApp, had earlier said: “There’s a hullabaloo about nothing. WhatsApp has constantly said the messages are encrypted and even WhatsApp can’t read it. We have only made change with regard to Business WhatsApp.”
The court, while hearing Rohilla’s plea, had said WhatsApp is a private application and it is not mandatory for people to download it if they had problems with its new policy. The matter is likely to be heard on March 1.