Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s India trip comes at a time when the social media behemoth’s contract with the Indian government finds itself under intense legal scrutiny .
For the first time, on the court’s instruction, the Centre has filed in the Delhi high court a copy of the contract that allows Facebook to operate in the country .
Annexed to an affidavit, the contract discloses that an individual or a government entity using the site gives consent to “having personal data transferred to and processed in the United States“.
The affidavit has been filed in response to a PIL by for The HC is likely to examine the contract on Wednesday . On May 7, the court had first directed the Centre to submit the contracts with WhatsApp, YouTube, Facebook and other social media portals. The court wants to study the contracts and their exact wording to verify allegations that the government had failed to protect the privacy and information of Indians.
The HC said it appears mer BJP ideologue K N Govindacharya, who has alleged that the government has ex tended illegal financial gains to Facebook by surrendering all rights on public records. that whenever anything is uploaded on these portals, they get a licence to the intellectual property rights of the content without paying any royalty .The Centre, however, has maintained that the contracts are “standard“ in nature.
Source: TOI 28 OCT’2015