By Sharvari Lohakare
On Friday, the Supreme Court via a Three Judge Bench headed by CJI SA Bobde issued a notice on a PIL seeking a bar on usage of the software application ‘ZOOM’ by all the Indians until structuring of a pertinent legislation. The petition was filed earlier on Wednesday by Harsh Chugh expressing concern over cases of hacking and cyber breaches which were reported across India with the use of this application. The plea stated lack of internet safety of the application and absence of end-to-end encryption, thus violation of the IT Act, 2000 and IT Rules, 2009. The plea also contended that the application poses a threat to privacy of the individuals using it and also breaches cyber security. The petition also brought into picture the other stakeholder’s responsibility, i.e. the Central Government through the Ministry of Electronics and IT and Cyber & Information Security Division of MHA. The petitioner also emphasized on issues of ZOOM’s false advertisement about ‘end-to-end encryption’ and its ceaseless capitalisation during the ongoing pandemic. Lastly, the plea conveys the need for a legislation to be put in place in order to put in force a standard regulation to safeguard the rights of citizens.