"You may be a $2-3 trillion company, but people's privacy is more valuable and it is our duty to protect their privacy," said the Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde, noting that the people have grave concerns about privacy.
“One set of privacy standards apply to Europe and a different set of standards apply to Indians. This has happened when the Personal Data Protection Bill is pending,” he added while asserting “there is a huge differentiation between Europeans and Indians”.
Senior counsel Kapil Sibal, who represented WhatsApp before the apex court, denied the users’ data would be compromised by the new policy. “This 2021 policy is applicable everywhere apart from Europe as it has a law. If India has a law, we will follow the same,” he said. The CJI asked him to put that on oath.
The users were, however, left confused and concerned about privacy since it was not optional. Moreover, what has become a point of contention is the new data-sharing policy does not apply to users in Europe.