Facebook owned WhatsApp told the Supreme Court that people who are concerned about its privacy should quit the messaging platform.
WhatsApp's lawyer Kapil Sibal conveyed to the court that text messages and calls made through the app were protected by an end-to-end encryption which ensures user's privacy, reported the Economic Times.
This in turn makes the petition filed by students Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi unsustainable, he said.
The bench, comprising Justices Dipak Misra, A K Sikri, Amitava Roy, A M Khanwilkar and M M Shantanagoudar, said that this would eventually coerce the common man to make a negative choice.
However, petitioner Harish Salve claimed that under the new policy, users were unknowingly giving consent to WhatsApp and Facebook who could pry on personal messages.
"They claim that this is being done to improve services to be given in future to users. Whether the snooping is done electronically or manually, the right to privacy of users gets breached. The government is duty bound to protect the fundamental right of every citizen. If it is failing, then the SC can surely issue appropriate directions," said Salve.
Representing the Centre, Tushar Mehta said that the government resorted to protect fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution and informed the court that soon a regulatory body for internet based messaging and voice calls will soon be introduced.
The bench fixed May 15 for preliminary hearing.