Plea in HC against WhatsApp’s new privacy policy

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 14, 2021

The regulator, while further explaining the WhatsApp rules, said that if a user starts using WhatsApp to send messages to businesses via the WhatsApp for Business App then the "shopping data can be shared with merchants and Facebook to improve their services".

Acton said the Indian market has "completely exceeded all expectations" and the growth in the past few days has driven the company to add capacity to meet the burgeoning demand. "The regulator remains committed to ensuring the protection of personal information of South African citizens", it said.

For the unaware, the new terms and conditions rolled out by WhatsApp gives the company a right to share the location data, phone number, usage pattern of the app, and more with Facebook and its suite of apps including Messenger and Instagram.

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The petitioner has also sought to issue a writ of mandamus for an injunction against WhatsApp's updated Privacy Policy with immediate effect and to issue guidelines or directions to ensure that any change in Privacy Policy by WhatsApp is carried out strictly in accordance with the Fundamental Rights guaranteed in Part-III of the Constitution till such time as rules/guidelines are framed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

WhatsApp has given users, 8 February deadline to agree to the new terms.

Signal, a non-profit, has seen millions of downloads globally after WhatsApp updated its privacy policy that included a controversial change of linking data of WhatsApp users to Facebook's other products and services. Vijay Shekhar Sharma, founder and chief executive of India's most valuable startup Paytm, accused WhatsApp of operating with double standards, pointing to how the new change was not affecting the app's users in Europe. "We are collecting details", said an official source. "I think in the short term, people will have WhatsApp and signal, side by side".

"Whatever you share, it stays between you".

The regulator is an independent body that was established in terms of Section 39 of the Protection of Personal Information Act.

We're not keeping logs of who everyone in India is texting or calling.

In a blogpost earlier this week, WhatsApp emphasised that it does not share users' contact lists or data of groups with Facebook for advertisement purposes.

Meanwhile, it claims that groups remain private.

"No. We're grateful that people continue to use and trust WhatsApp to communicate..."

Signal was downloaded by 17.8 million users over the past seven days, a 62-fold rise from the prior week, according to data from Sensor Tower.

"For additional privacy, you can choose to set your messages to disappear from chats after you send them".

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