Press Trust of IndiaMay 19, 2021 11:22:42 IST
The bench issued a notice to the Centre, Facebook and WhatsApp and sought their stand on one of the pleas by a lawyer who claimed that the new policy violates users’ Right to Privacy under the Constitution.
During the hearing, the Centre said that according to it the policy violated Indian IT laws and rules. It said it has written to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on the issue and a reply is awaited. Therefore, there was a need to maintain status quo with regard to implementing the policy.
WhatsApp, opposing the contention, said it was conforming to Indian IT law and rules and reiterated that its policy has come into effect from 15 May, but it won’t be deleting accounts right away.
The court listed the matter for further hearing on 3 June.