Excerpt from Medianama Article – Published on Oct 17, 2023
According to the Digital Personal Data Protection Act, 2023, processing personal data is permissible only with explicit user consent. Companies can also process data without consent for “legitimate uses,” such as during epidemics or disasters. The petition specifically requests the Supreme Court to instruct WhatsApp to cease data sharing without obtaining prior consent from the concerned user.
Citing a precedent in the European region with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the petition highlights that WhatsApp had previously committed not to transfer user data to any other Facebook company until the GDPR came into force.
Additionally, the petitioners seek provisions for users to delete data stored on the platform before the law’s enactment and demand the appointment of a data protection officer, as mandated by the data protection law.
To delve deeper into this topic, please read the full article on Medianama.