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Delhi HC seeks WhatsApp’s response to petition against data sharing with Facebook

A petition in Delhi High Court has been filed against WhatsApp when it announced that users information would be shared with Facebook. The high court has given WhatsApp till September 21 to deliver a response.

  • Updated: September 14, 2016 9:05 PM IST
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A petition has been filed against WhatsApp for its decision to share its users data with its parent company Facebook. The Delhi High Court has sought WhatsApp s response on the plea filed against it. A division bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Sangita Dhingra Sehgal asked WhatsApp to file its response on the plea filed by Delhi-based users who raised concern over security of their data being shared with Facebook. The bench asked WhatsApp to explain the facts about the issue before September 21, the next date of hearing. The plea said that privacy of the users was threatened by the new policy announced by Facebook which now owns the mobile messaging service. The plea also said that the new data sharing policy announced by WhatsApp, Facebook Inc and Facebook India Online Pvt Ltd severely compromises the rights of its users. Also Read - How to archive chats on WhatsApp in simple steps

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On August 25, WhatsApp had made extensive changes to its privacy policy. Under the new norm, it announced that it would and could share users’ personal information, including their phone numbers, with its parent company Facebook. WhatsApp had given its users a 30-day period to opt out of the new privacy policy which expires on September 25. The phone numbers associated with the user’s WhatsApp account would be used on Facebook to show them advertisements, the petition said. During the brief hearing on Wednesday, senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, appearing for WhatsApp, said that the app does not share users private messages, contents, photos or data with Facebook.

Luthra said WhatsApp only shares user’s phone number and name with Facebook. He claimed that WhatsApp has end-to-end encryption of all data shared among users and does not retain any data, as such it cannot be shared with a third party. However, senior advocate Pratibha M. Singh, appearing for petitioners Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi said WhatsApp was sharing the entire data with Facebook even if users opt out of the new policy. Singh said that WhatsApp has about seven crore users in India, one-tenth of its total users worldwide, and the consent sought by the app is highly deceptive. ALSO READ: Delhi High Court asks Center to respond to WhatsApp s decision to share data with Facebook

The new privacy policy is in stark contrast to the earlier one that existed from July 7, 2012. The petition said, In its first revised modification on August 25, 2016, respondents (WhatsApp, Facebook Inc. and Facebook India Online Pvt Ltd) had introduced this policy that severely compromises the rights of its users and makes privacy rights of users completely vulnerable. The petition said the new policy threatens to take away the privacy of users’ data which would be shared with Facebook and all its group companies, including for the purpose of commercial advertising and marketing. ALSO READ: WhatsApp updated with iOS 10-specific features; here s what is new

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  • Published Date: September 14, 2016 9:00 PM IST
  • Updated Date: September 14, 2016 9:05 PM IST



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