WhatsApp Privacy Policy – If you feel WhatsApp will compromise data, delete it: Delhi High Court

The Delhi High Court remark regarding the WhatsApp controversy stating that if you feel WhatsApp will compromise your data then delete it. This remark made it clear that it did not understand the grievance raised with respect to the messaging platform’s new privacy policy in the case of Chaitanya Rohilla v UOI and Ors. This remark was made by a single bench judge, Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva. To the point raised by the Counsel Advocate Manohar Lal that everything that the user was doing was analysed by the Facebook owned app the court suggested that there are several other platforms for communication apart from this app and also went ahead to give an example of Google maps which also shares data. The senior counsel appearing for WhatsApp and Facebook mentioned that the private chats are completely encrypted in WhatsApp. The council appearing for Facebook and WhatsApp challenged the mental ability of the petition. The next date of hearing is January 25th and till then the court has not issued anything in regards to the petition. The petition states that the new privacy policy violates the Right of Privacy granted under Section iii of the Constitution of India and it does not provide the extent to which the data gathered from whatsapp will be used and shared. A different petition based on the same issue has been filed in the Supreme Court.

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