Delhi High Court Seeks Centre’s Response on WhatsApp-Facebook Data Sharing

Delhi High Court Seeks Centre's Response on WhatsApp-Facebook Data Sharing

Delhi High Court Seeks Centre’s Response on WhatsApp-Facebook Data Sharing
HIGHLIGHTS
WhatsApp updated its privacy policy earlier this month
It has, thus, stirred a controversy among the users
Delhi HC has asked govt. to submit replies by September 14
WhatsApp’s recent decision to share user data with parent company Facebook has reached the doorstep of the Delhi High Court, which sought the government’s response on the modification of the new privacy policy.

In a controversial move, the popular messaging platform has said it will begin “coordinating” accounts with Facebook by sharing users’ mobile phone numbers and device information with Facebook. It is, however, giving users a 30-day window to opt out of sharing their details.

(Also see: How to Stop WhatsApp From Sharing Your Details With Facebook)

The plans of WhatsApp – which has long promised to safeguard the privacy of more than 1 billion users — had rung alarm bells among privacy advocates.

Following a petition by two users, a High Court bench issued notice to the Centre, asking the concerned authorities to file their reply by September 14.
The petition had alleged that WhatsApp, Facebook Inc and Facebook India Online Private Limited’s new private policy “compromises the rights of its users”.

The current privacy policy is in “stark contrast” to the one from July 7, 2012, the petition read. The revised policy of August 25, 2016, “severely compromises the rights of its users and makes the privacy rights of users completely vulnerable,” the plea alleged.

The new policy, which is likely to come into force from September 25, has sought to change the “most valuable, basic and essential feature” of WhatsApp, the petition read.

It “unilaterally” threatened to “take away the protection to privacy of details and data of its users and sharing the same with Facebook and all its group companies including for the purpose of commercial advertising and marketing”.

Appearing for the petitioners, senior advocates Sandeep Sethi and Pratibha M Singh, called it a “very serious breach of policy”.

The manner of taking consent was “highly deceptive in as much as almost the entire community of users of WhatsApp in India are not equipped to even read, much less comprehend” the terms and conditions, they said.

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Tags: WhatsApp, Facebook, Apps, Privacy, Social, India

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Google Joins Facebook’s Open Compute Project to Revolutionise Data Centres

Google Joins Facebook's Open Compute Project to Revolutionise Data Centres

Search engine giant Google and the social networking website have teamed up to give Facebook’s “Open Compute Project” a new push that works to change the way data centres are designed and operated across the world.

Five years ago, Facebook started leading an effort called the “Open Compute Project”. Data centres power the internet. They are the nervous system that allows all kinds of services to run – including Facebook.

“Today, Google joined the ‘Open Compute Project’. Google has always built some of the best infrastructure in the industry, so this is strong symbolic move that our open model of development is the best way forward for everyone,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a post on Thursday.

“Until five years ago, the largest technology companies all designed their data centres and computing infrastructure in secret. They viewed this technology as a competitive advantage to beat others in the industry,” he added.

Facebook realised that if it opened up its designs and shared its progress with the industry, the world will make faster progress together.

“By working together, we’d produce more efficient designs that would save energy, protect the environment and build better infrastructure for our community,” the 31-year-old Facebook founder posted.

It has worked. So far, we’ve saved billions of dollars in energy and efficiency improvements. “Open Compute now brings together hundreds of companies and thousands of engineers to make progress together even faster,” he noted.

According to wired.com, Google was the first company to rethink data centre design for the modern age.

“With the ‘Open Compute Project’, Facebook aimed to create a whole community of companies that would freely share their data centre designs, hoping to accelerate the evolution of Internet hardware and, thanks to the economies of scale, drive down the cost of this hardware,” the report added.

According to Zuckerberg, over the next decade, they are going to build experiences that rely more on technology like artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR).

“These will require a lot more computing power, and through efforts like Open Compute Project, we’re developing a global infrastructure to enable everyone to enjoy them,” he said.

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