In an interim order, the bench, also comprising Justices Ajay Rastogi, Aniruddha Bose, Hrishikesh Roy, and C T Ravikumar, said, “We further direct that WhatsApp will give publicity to this aspect to the customers in five national newspapers on two occasions”.
"We record the submission of the senior counsel for WhatsApp that they will abide by the terms of the May, 2021 letter till next date of hearing,” the bench further said.
The Centre’s counsel led by Attorney General R Venkataramani and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted digital personal data protection bill 2022 is about to be placed before the Parliament in second part of Budget session.
They said the bill would cover most of the aspects which are subject matter of petitions before this court and the matter may be taken up at a later stage.
Senior advocates Kapil Sibal for WhatsApp and senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi and Arvind P Datar for other respondents also supported the stand of the Union government.
The petitioners represented by senior advocate Shyam Divan, however, contended that law should not come in the way of addressing issues raised in the petitions.
In their plea, Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi, claimed the contract entered into between WhatsApp and its parent Facebook to provide access to calls, photographs, texts, videos, and documents shared by users, was a violation of their privacy and free speech.