WhatsApp messages cannot be used as evidence in a Court of Law, says SC


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WhatsApp messages cannot be used as evidence in a Court of Law, says SC

The Supreme Court has notified that messages exchanged on social media platform have no evidential value and that the author of such WhatsApp messages cannot be tied to them, especially in business partnerships governed by agreements.

 

According to a report, a bench of Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justices A S Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy said, “What is evidential value of WhatsApp messages these days? Anything can be created and deleted on social media these days. We don’t attach any value to the WhatsApp messages.”

 

Meanwhile, amid an ongoing standoff with the Centre over its privacy policy, WhatsApp told the Delhi High Court that it has decided to “temporarily put its privacy policy on hold", till the Data Protection Bill comes into force. The Central government and WhatsApp have been at odds over the new privacy policy, which allows the instant messaging app to use some of the “business conversations” hosted with Facebook for advertising.

 

Senior Advocate Harish Salve said, “Government has asked to shut down the policy. We have said we will not enforce it till the Data Protection Bill comes out. That is open-ended because we don’t know when the Bill is going to come out … We have said we will not do this for a while. Suppose the Bill allows me to do it, we will have completely different ramifications."

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