The central government told the Delhi High Court on Monday that it is a matter of concern that WhatsApp is handling Indian and European users differently in terms of privacy. WhatsApp told the court, meanwhile, that the Indian government has requested some clarity on its current privacy policies and is reacting to the correspondence.
Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma told the court during the hearing of a lawsuit questioning WhatsApp’s current privacy policies that the government has given WhatsApp a whole list of questions.
Sharma added that the government is also worried about the manner in which Indian users have been exposed quite arbitrarily to these reforms by not granting Indian users the option to opt-out…
He also argued that it seems that WhatsApp prima facie approaches consumers with an all-or-nothing strategy. “This leverages WhatsApp’s significant meaning to force users into a bargain that may infringe on data privacy and personal security interests,” he said.
Sharma also found out that the problem was clearly between two private parties. However, he said, “But WhatsApp’s scope and expansion makes it a German reason for the implementation of reasonable and cogent policies.”
On Monday, WhatsApp told the court that it was referring to the government’s letter. “We’re reacting to that. This is just disinformation,’ said Kapil Sibal, Senior Advocate, who represents WhatsApp.
On Monday, Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva postponed the hearing of the case to 1 March in order to allow the government, in the meantime, to make a decision. WhatsApp programmes are voluntary and a person may opt not to use them, the court earlier noted.