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Bombay High Court issues notice to Union govt, NPCI over ‘data privacy breach’ by Truecaller, app denies allegations

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Some of the allegations leveled against Truecaller include the collection of IP addresses, device IDs, and automatically signing up users for the app's now-defunct UPI payment services.  The Bombay High Court has issued a notice to the Union government and the National Payment Corporation of India (NCPI) seeking their response to public interest litigation (PIL) alleging that Truecaller, a caller ID verifier app, was "sharing" user data, thus breaching data privacy of users. However, a Truecaller spokesperson, while responding to queries made by MediaNama, denied the allegations and maintained that it is 'compliant with data privacy laws and stand ready to comply with other data protection laws anywhere in the world'. In his notice, dated July 7, a copy of which MediaNama has seen, Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta and Justice Girish Kulkarni said, "Having heard the petitioner in person for some time, we are of the opinion that notice on this petition is required to be issued to the respondents. Accordingly, we issue notice to the respondents returnable after three weeks." The matter is set to be heard next on July 29. The petitioner, Shashank Posture, in his PIL alleged that Truecaller International LLP, which operates the Truecaller app has breached the data privacy of cell phone users. Posture has submitted that such activities are illegal and contrary to the position in law on privacy of the cell phone users. The bench noted, “In addition to Court notice, the petitioners are permitted to serve the respondents by a private notice and…

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