During the hearing, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Chetan Sharma told the court that by not providing users the option to disable the sharing data option with other companies of Facebook, WhatsApp is treating users with an “all or nothing approach”. Also Read - Gurugram launches WhatsApp Covid-19 helpline
ASG also added that the Indian government was looking into the issues related to WhatsApp and has sent a communication to the Facebook-owned messaging platform seeking some information. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for WhatsApp, informed the HC that the platform will respond to the raised questions soon.
The court listed the matter for hearing on March 1.
To recollect, the Delhi HC during the first hearing on January 18 said that WhatsApp is a private app and it is optional whether to download the platform or not. “It is not mandatory to download it. Every other app has similar terms and conditions regarding sharing of user information with others,” the court had said.
(With inputs from PTI)