The popup says, “WhatsApp needs to have access to your storage, contacts, camera and files to share…..”. A lot of people are of the opinion why it will have access to our contacts and file locations when we are trying to share something that is stored in the phone memory card? The reasons are unclear yet. But other apps need the same access too, like Facebook Messenger and Hike Messenger.
Why does WhatsApp need access to our personal files now?
WhatsApp claimed other competitors are targeting them because they are the most popular messaging platform in India. WhatsApp stated, they only share phone numbers, device ID, registration details and the last seen status. The court replied back, why is the need to “share” these details? The company didn’t need to share it before 2012. Then why did they start it from 2016?
Unlike any other countries, there is no legislation on Data Protection in India. Thus the government is obliged to protect the rights of the citizens. The violators of privacy policies are Facebook and WhatsApp, and the Union of India government must safeguard their citizens. Life of constant monitoring and access to personal files is a life of fear and anxiety. The court has got the power to lay a guideline for it. According to WhatsApp, the messages sent from person A to Person B is never seen by anyone.
Both Facebook and WhatsApp are foreign companies, and they have business all over the world. It is funny how the tech giants promise to keep our personal contacts and files discreet but still, they need access to every detail of us. When the bench asked to clarify their stand, the senior advocate representing the government, clearly said, all the rights available to the citizens and the tech companies should be balanced.