The apex court also said it would not be overawed by the ‘two or three trillion dollar’ social media giant when it came to defending peoples’ privacy rights.
SC bench sought response within 4 weeks in a plea alleging lower standards of privacy for Indians in comparison to European users of Whatsapp.
The Committee suggested a data policy blueprint for India, a country which 'can arguably be projected as being one of the top consumer markets, and by extension data markets in the world'.
Besides, the nation’s maiden Data protection bill is also likely to be tabled during the upcoming Budget session.
"The government wrote to us wanting certain clarifications. We will respond," senior lawyer Mukul Rohatgi, who appeared on behalf of WhatsApp in the Delhi High Court, said.
WhatsApp representatives who appeared before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology said the proposed changes are aimed at bringing in more transparency.
The duchess, 39, is suing Associated Newspapers for invasion of privacy over 5 articles that published portions of a handwritten letter to her father.
The court further said it could not understand what data would be leaked according to the petitioner and since the issue requires consideration, it will be listed on January 25.
It has clarified that the update does not affect data sharing with Facebook with regard to personal conversations or other profile information.
In an interview to PTI, WhatsApp Head Will Cathcart said the Facebook-owned company remains committed to privacy and security of users across India.
Google has asked the developers of the remaining identified apps to demonstrate that they comply with applicable local laws and regulations, failing which those apps will also be removed.
Internal discussions are on within the IT Ministry over the implications of the recent move by the Facebook-owned messaging platform, they said.