The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) was in the process of evolving the data protection framework, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told a five-judge constitution bench, headed by Justice Dipak Misra.
On January 17, the Supreme Court had issued notice to WhatsApp and Central Government over data privacy. The court had also asked to examine if Facebook’s access to call details, messages, pictures and documents exchanged by the users of WhatsApp violated their right to privacy.
A petition was filed before the Supreme Court, claiming that there is no protection of data on Facebook and WhatsApp.
According to the petitioner, there are 157 million users on WhatsApp and Facebook, therefore the service provided by the social network and messaging app should be considered as a public utility service.
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The Delhi High Court had in September 2016 ordered WhatsApp to delete the data of users who had deleted the messaging app from their devices.