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Delhi HC directs WhatsApp not to share users' information with Facebook

Delhi HC has ordered WhatsApp not to share its users' information with Facebook. This order extends to users who opt out of the app by September 25.

  • Updated: September 23, 2016 5:19 PM IST
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The Delhi High Court has directed WhatsApp to delete the information and data of users who would stop using the messaging app before September 25, when its controversial privacy policy comes into effect. A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal has also asked WhatsApp not to share information and details of users, who opt out of the application, with Facebook and other companies. As per the new privacy policy of WhatsApp, user information would be shared with Facebook. Though, users can opt out of the new policy. Also Read - WhatsApp tips: How to send message to an unknown number without saving it

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Having regard to the complete security and protection of privacy provided by Respondent 2 (WhatsApp) initially while launching Whatsapp and keeping in view that the issue relating to the existence of an individual’s right of privacy as a distinct basis of a cause of action is yet to be decided by a larger bench of Supreme Court, we consider it appropriate to issue the following directions to protect interest of users of WhatsApp, the bench said. The court directed the government and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to consider the issues regarding the functioning of the internet message applications like WhatsApp and take an appropriate decision at the earliest as to whether it is feasible to bring the same under the statutory regulatory framework.

Referring to the clauses of privacy policy of WhatsApp, the court said users cannot contend that the company shall be compelled to continue the same terms of service as was there at the time of launching of the platform. Under the earlier privacy policy, there was complete protection of user privacy. We are, therefore, of the view that it is always open to the existing users of WhatsApp who do not want their information to be shared with Facebook, to opt for deletion of their account, the court said.

The directions and observations came as the court disposed of a PIL by Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi who had challenged its new privacy policy. The petitioners had alleged that the new privacy policy violated fundamental rights of users by allowing confidential information to be shared with Facebook. WhatsApp had earlier informed the court that when a user account was deleted, the information of that person was no longer retained on its servers. ALSO READ: WhatsApp may soon let you protect chats with a six-digit passcode

 

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  • Published Date: September 23, 2016 4:45 PM IST
  • Updated Date: September 23, 2016 5:19 PM IST



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