The notices were issued ininvideo_whatsapp_sc_15feb.mp4 response to a plea challenging the messaging app's new policy, saying that the Facebook-owned messaging platform had lower standards of privacy for Indians in comparison to European users.
A Bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian said while the tech giant may be a trillion-dollar company, people value their privacy more than money.
"You may be two or three trillion (dollar) companies but people's privacy is more valuable and it is our duty to protect their privacy," a Bar and Bench reported CJI Bobde as saying.
Responding to the allegation, WhatsApp told the court that Europe had a special law on privacy and it would the same if India were to come with a similar statute.
The bench has posted the matter for hearing after four weeks.
It also said users would have to agree to the new terms and policy by February 8, 2021, to continue using WhatsApp. However, the messaging app later deferred the update to May
in face of the severe backlash.