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“It is a private app. Don't join it. Use some other app”: Delhi High Court on WhatsApp Updated Privacy Policy

Lawstreet Journal 19 Jan 2021 2:31am

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary “It is a private app. Don't join it. Use some other app”: Delhi High Court on WhatsApp Updated Privacy Policy

Whatsapp had updated its privacy policy on January 4, 2021 wherein it made it compulsory for its users to accept its terms and conditions, failing which the accounts and services would be terminated after a certain period. This policy has been in a controversy seen then. Delaying the new privacy policy update on 16th January, WhatsApp said: 'No One Will Have Their Account Deleted on Suspended On Feb 8.

Advocate Chaitanya Rohilla challenged Whatsapp's updated privacy policy stating that the updated Policy gives the Company virtually a 360-degree profile into a person's online activity. 

Observing the voluntary choice given to users to use or not to use WhatsApp, which is a ‘private app’, the Delhi High Court on Monday (January 18, 2020) said that it will only issue notice in the petition once it understands the concern of the petitioner against the application.

Single judge bench of Justice Sachdeva said to the petitioner: "I doubt that you have read any of the policies of any of the apps, you'll be shocked as to what all you consent to, and it is all voluntary, if you don't want, don't use the app. I am yet to understand your concern. Until I understand it, I will not issue notice on your plea."
 

STATEMENTS BY PETITIONERS:

The petitioner has contended that the updated privacy policy violates users right to privacy under the Constitution and claimed that the new privacy policy of WhatsApp allows full access into a user’s online activity without there being any supervision by the government.… Continue Reading...


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