Indian students challenge Facebook on WhatsApp privacy policy

Two Indian students are mounting a legal challenge to Facebook, seeking to wind back changes to WhatsApp’s privacy policy that they say threatens the rights of millions of users, reports The Independent.

Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi filed a public-interest litigation, akin to a class action, in the Delhi High Court asking for a rollback of recent policy updates by the Facebook-owned messaging service. They asked the court to order the government to frame guidelines for messaging apps so that user privacy isn’t compromised.

A two-judge bench examining the petition issued notices to WhatsApp, Facebook, the Indian government and the country’s telecommunications regulator asking them to document their stand for the court. The case is due to come up later this week.