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Pegasus Issue in SC: Arguments Against Allowing WhatsApp Payment Services Gain Momentum

Lawstreet Journal 16 Dec 2020 6:40pm

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The conflict regarding snooping of WhatsApp users using Israeli spy software 'Pegasus' found a citing in the Supreme Court on 9th December 2020.

Rajya Sabha MP Binoy Viswam filed a plea alleging breach of financial data security of Indians using UPI services by Amazon, Google, and WhatsApp.

The Pegasus issue was referred by senior advocate Krishnan Venugopal, appearing for Rajya Sabha MP Binoy Viswam, who has filed a plea alleging breach of financial data security of Indians using 'Unified Payments Interface (UPI) services by Amazon Pay, Google Pay, and others.

A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde referred to Venugopal's submission and told senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who was appearing for WhatsApp, that a serious allegation was made against WhatsApp that it can be hacked.

Sibal, while denying the allegations, said, "Absolutely baseless. There is no such pleading (in the writ petition). It is just an oral submission made across the bar without basis."

Petitioner's submission in SC with regards to major issues of UPI platforms:

Venugopal also asserted that another issue in the case was data localisation.

"Problem with WhatsApp, Amazon, and Google is that when they allow payment to happen and data goes abroad. Critical financial data is allowed to be accessed by companies abroad and RBI justifies it. This is a violation of privacy judgment as my data is being grossly misused as these companies then collect this data and use it for advertisement purposes," Venugopal said.

He added that all the data is being shared with the parent companies in violation of the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) guidelines.

"The data is… Continue Reading...


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