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The Supreme Court asked online behemoths Facebook and WhatsApp to file an affidavit assuring that they will not share data of their users with a third party until the Centre framed a law for data protection.
A five-judge constitution bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, justices A K Sikri, Amitava Roy , A M Khanwilkar and M M Shantanagoudar granted the companies four weeks to file the affidavit. The bench said it will examine their response and decide whether interim order is required to restrain sharing data with a third party .
The Centre is framing a law on data protection in the light of the recent judgment of the SC pronouncing the right to privacy as a fundamental right in which it had left it to the government to frame a legislation.
Senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Arvind Datar, appearing for the multi-national companies, denied allegations of sharing of data with any third party . They contended that two billion people used WhatsApp but none, except two students who filed petition, had complained about violation of privacy .
Additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta told the bench at the outset of proceedings that an expert committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of former apex court judge Justice B N Srikrishna by Centre to identify key data protection issues in India and file a draft bill on data protection law. He pleaded the court defer the hearing till the Centre framed the law.
HC: Social media companies liable for their misuse
The Madras high court said on Friday that social media companies cannot avoid liability for damage to society caused by rumour and misinformation passed through their platforms and they need to be held more accountable for such misuse by users.
“Fake news, misinformation and hate speeches can reach hundreds of people and consequently have a psychological impact on them, leading to even unrest. Law and order would be disrupted. The platforms cannot avoid liability for the damage that has been caused through its use,” the court said.
A division bench made the observation on a plea by Antony Clement Rubin whose sought linking of Aadhaar with social media accounts to check cybercrime. The plea was later altered to ensure cooperation of social media firms in cybercrime probes.
The court, however, said in India the fundamental right to privacy was not absolute and that the “privacy doctrine cannot outweigh the greater impact on the peace of society”. Freedom of speech comes with responsibility, it added.
The bench adjourned the hearing to October 1.