Delhi HC asks Centre’s stand in plea on WhatsApp privacy policy

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Centre, instant messaging app WhatsApp and its parent company Facebook, seeking their responses on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) challenging the new privacy policy of the US-based social media firm.

The bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh was hearing the PIL filed by Advocate Harsha Gupta seeking some interim orders as WhatsApp intends to bring its policy into effect from May 15.

The court listed the matter for hearing on May 13 and asked the respondents to file their reply in the next hearing.

As per the fresh policy of WhatsApp, users have to agree to its new data-sharing norms, a key point of which is sharing data from business conversations with Facebook.

WhatsApp apprised the bench that the privacy and security of personal messages and calls do not change and protected by end-to-end encryption.

WhatsApp and Facebook cannot read or listen to them, the tech giants said.

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