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WhatsApp violates Indian users' rights by denying dispute resolution claims Centre

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WhatsApp had moved the High Court, challenging the new IT rules on the grounds that they violate the right to privacy and are unconstitutional.

The Centre on Friday intimated the Delhi High Court that Facebook-owned WhatsApp has already violated the fundamental rights of users in the country by denying dispute resolution rights while opposing a plea filed by WhatsApp and Facebook against the new IT rules. Also Read - WhatsApp to allow select users to choose different skin combinations for couple emojis

Through an affidavit, the Ministry of Electronics and IT stated that the US-based tech giants challenge is not maintainable. Also Read - Meta adds new features in Facebook, Instagram for women's safety in India

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WhatsApp had moved the High Court, challenging the new IT rules on the grounds that they violate the right to privacy and are unconstitutional. Objecting to the new IT rules, WhatsApp claimed that they are forced to 'track' the origin of messages received through the network. Also Read - Facebook to now allow more cryptocurrency ads than before; here's why

According to reports, the Mark Zuckerberg-owned platform filed the petition on May 25, the last day to comply with the new criteria.

WhatsApp had previously stated that it would not breach encryption because it jeopardises the privacy of its users.

According to the new Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, it is mandatory for social media intermediaries like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp to trace chats and make provisions to identify the first originator of the information.

Earlier, WhatsApp had told the Delhi High Court that till the Data Protection Bill comes into force, it would not compel users to opt for its new privacy policy as it has been put on hold. In June, the Delhi High Court refused to stay a notice issued by the Competition Commission of India, asking the platform to furnish certain information in connection with the probe, ordered in March, on the instant messaging app's new updated privacy policy.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Published:Sat, October 23, 2021 3:33pm

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