The bench of justices Rajiv Shakdher and Poonam Bhamba noted that “every citizen has a concern” about data sharing.
“Cambridge Analytica weighs very heavily on us,” said Justice Shakdher.
The Delhi High Court judge said this while referring to the Cambridge Analytica scandal that allegedly involved a massive data breach. According to Facebook, the private data of over five lakh Indians was accessed by Cambridge Analytica before 2018.
The court also said that it was “concerned” about the ability of Facebook to predict user behaviour.
“Cambridge Analytica said they have 5000 data points on every citizen in America. That means they can predict what you are going to do in a particular action?,” said justice Shakdher.
Meanwhile, senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing on behalf of Facebook, argued that since the personal data protection bill 2019 is pending, this issue can be considered after the law is passed.
The hearing in the case has now been adjourned.
That’s when the first change in stance happened. WhatsApp announced that it will not delete the accounts of users but would limit the functionality of the app for them. This meant that while users will continue to receive messages or calls, they won’t be able to reply to them. This led to a lot of chaos. Users were confused about how the app will work after the restrictions come in.