In an affidavit filed in the Delhi High Court, the centre said WhatsApp has “unleashed its digital prowess” on unsuspecting users
Centre has urged the High Court to issue an interim direction to WhatsApp to desist from any action of “pushing notifications”
WhatsApp responded by saying “privacy of users remains our highest priority”
The Court adjourned the matter till July 22, for further hearing.
A WhatsApp spokesperson said, “We reiterate that we have already responded to the Government of India and assured them that the privacy of users remains our highest priority,” “As a reminder, the recent update does not change the privacy of people’s personal messages. Its purpose is to provide additional information about how people can interact with businesses if they choose to do so.” the spokesperson added.
WhatsApp, which has 390.1 million users in India, faced severe backlash over user concerns that data was being shared with its parent company Facebook.
Earlier, WhatsApp had legally challenged the provision of tracking the first originator of a message under the new IT rules of 2021, which the IT Minister dubbed “a clear act of defiance of a measure whose intent can certainly not be doubted”. WhatsApp, and other significant social media platforms, have now complied with the rules.