Son of two senior lawyers, Sareen says the change from the “pro-privacy” policy used by WhatsApp since its inception raised several flags about data sharing and privacy concerns.
The PIL was filed before the High Court on August 29.
A final year student at the Amity Law school (IP University), Sethi says the first thing that raised alarms for her was the clause regarding retention of data and use by Facebook and group companies.
“The old policy explicitly mentioned a heading called ‘Data we do not collect’ and said that we don’t collect content of messages. The new policy however as a heading called ‘data we collect’ and mentions content. It also says they retain popular photos for a longer time but what is ‘popular’ and what is a ‘longer time’ is not defined anywhere. The company can use data as they see fit,” says Sethi.
Both students say they have stopped using WhatsApp. The duo is also considering filing another plea on data sharing between WhatsApp and other Facebook group companies before the Supreme Court.