"People have grave concerns about their privacy. You may be 2 trillion 3 trillion company. But the privacy of people are more important than your money," the CJI remarked.
The CJI observed that people have grave concerns about their right to privacy with respect to Whatsapp's new policy and directed the company to explain its stance by filing a counter affidavit within 4 weeks.
It said that people's privacy must be protected in view of the allegation that users' data being shared with other companies.
The Bench also said it will have to consider if a similar petition, pending before the Delhi High Court, is maintainable when a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court is already seized with the matter.
The appeal filed in SC by Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi assailed the Delhi high court verdict on the ground that no relief was granted for data shared by users post-September 25, 2016, and it amounted to an infringement of fundamental rights under Article 19 (Freedom of Speech and Expression) and 21 (Right to Life) of the Constitution.