A division bench recently has adjourned the matter after WhatsApp’s counsel, senior advocate Harish Salve, said the Personal Data Protection Bill is yet to be passed by the Parliament
Decision on the year-long legal spate of Meta (earlier known as Facebook) and Competition Commission of India (CCI) has not been taken in the recent hearing as the Delhi High Court adjourned the hearing to July 21, 2022.
In the recent hearing, a division bench of Justices–Poonam Bamba and Rajesh Shakdher adjourned the matter after WhatsApp’s counsel, senior advocate Harish Salve, said the Personal Data Protection Bill is yet to be passed by the Parliament.
In the recent hearing, the division bench of Delhi High Court also said an order issued in January this year, extending the time for WhatsApp to respond to CCI notice, would remain in force.
In January this year, the Delhi High Court division bench cited the pending Data Protection Bill while adjourning the matter to March 30.
“The data-sharing policy seemed exploitative and could have exclusionary effects, which have the potential to undermine the competitive process and create further barriers to market entry,” CCI had said in its order.
WhatsApp and its parent company had also questioned the CCI’s order asking them to provide certain information for the purpose of the inquiry conducted by it.
WhatsApp presently has the largest user base in India comprising over 400 Mn users. It has enabled that the privacy update for users of business services on its application would not affect end-to-end encryption.