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Youths challenge WhatsApp’s policy of sharing data with FB

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Two youngsters have moved the Delhi high court, challenging messaging service WhatsApp’s decision to share user data with parent company Facebook.
A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal asked the Centre and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Tuesday to respond by September 14 to the plea that questions why WhatsApp modified its earlier privacy policy, leaving users vulnerable.
Petitioners Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi alleged the new policy changes the “most basic, valuable and essential feature” of WhatsApp and doesn’t take informed consent of users in India about sharing of their information with Facebook.The policy , they said, “unilaterally threatens to take away the protection to privacy of details and data of its users and sharing the same with Facebook and all its group companies, including for the purpose of commercial advertising and marketing”.
The petition argued the “manner in which so-called consent is sought to be taken is highly deceptive in  as much as almost the entire community of users of WhatsApp are not equipped to even read, much less comprehend, the consequences of the terms and conditions on the basis whereupon, WhatsApp is pretending to obtain consent of the users”.

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