Delhi High Court Seeks Response From WhatsApp, Facebook On Privacy Policy Change

Delhi High Court Seeks Response From WhatsApp, Facebook On Privacy Policy Change

The Delhi High Court has sought responses from WhatsApp and its parent company Facebook over the recent privacy policy change of the online messaging service.

The court action came in a PIL filed by two individuals who filed the complaint claiming that the new privacy policy will “severely compromises the rights of its users and makes the privacy rights of users completely vulnerable”. It also sought to restrain WhatsApp from misusing data collected through its messenger service.

WhatsApp had recently changed its privacy policy and will now share user information with Facebook which purchased the messaging service in 2014.

Senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, appearing for WhatsApp, said the application does not share users private messages, contents, photos or data with Facebook. He said WhatsApp only shares a user’s phone number and name with Facebook. He claimed his client has end-to-end encryption of all data shared among users and does not retain any data.

The complainants said WhatsApp’s privacy policy as an “eyewash” and “blatant attempt” to make all users agree to their policy while installing and using the messenger app.

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