The crucial matter has been listed before a second constitution bench during the summer vacation. The Centre on April 27 had told the bench that a regulatory regime for data protection was in the offing as
an individual’s freedom of choice needs to be protected. The government’s submission had come after the constitution bench
had asked it to clarify its stand on the issue.
The apex court had on January 16 sought the responses from the Centre and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on the plea that privacy of over 157 million Indians has been infringed by social networking sites WhatsApp and Facebook for alleged commercial use of personal communication.