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The apex court had on January 16 sought responses from the Centre and telecom regulator Trai on a plea that privacy of over 157 million Indians has been infringed by social networking sites – WhatsApp and Facebook – for alleged commercial use of personal communication.
The court had fixed 18 April as the date for hearing by the larger bench. Petitioners Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi had previously contended that under a new policy, WhatsApp could access, read, share and use the contents for commercial purposes and the same impinged on the privacy of its users.
The petitioners had said that it was the government’s duty to protect the people’s rights under Articles 19 and 21 of the Constitution and safeguard their privacy.