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Not forcing users to accept new updates in privacy policy- WhatsApp to Delhi High Court

Lawstreet Journal 18 May 2021 12:06am

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In an affidavit filed by the Facebook-owned company WhatsApp, it submitted that it is not forcing its users to accept the 2021 update in its privacy policy as it is not mandatory. This statement came in reply to a petition filed before the Delhi High Court which challenged WhatsApp’s 2021 privacy policy update as being violative of Article 21 of the Constitution as it does not provide its users with the option to opt-out of the policy.

WhatsApp stated that its users are given the liberty to either accept the 2021 policy update or to not do so and also have the option to opt-out and delete their account at any time. 

WhatsApp submitted that “users were not previously given the option to opt-out of WhatsApp's privacy policies if they wanted to use the WhatsApp service.”

The Facebook-owned company has averred in its affidavit that “it is under no legal obligation to provide such ‘opt-outs’ and further, the company doesn't have any obligation to provide its services to such users, who do not consent to their terms. “

While stating that such practices are common for online platforms, the company submitted that it was explicitly asking the consent of its users by offering them the liberty to choose and control unlike other online platforms wherein the users’ consent is implied by their continued use of service. In that respect, the affidavit also emphasized the point that even though such policy practices were being followed by several other online platforms, yet the petitioners were singling… Continue Reading...

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