WhatsApp’s Policy Could Lead To ‘Stalking’ of Its Users: CCI to HC
Delhi High Court heard the arguments from both sides and the order has now been reserved.
‘Incompetent & Misconceived’
Facebook Equally Responsible
Rohtagi, who appeared for Facebook, claimed that WhatsApp’s policy is not Facebook’s policy. “I cannot be added as a party to be embroiled in litigation. It is nobody's case that it is a joint policy,” he said.
“Facebook owns WhatsApp. Is WhatsApp is going to share its data with Signal or Telegram? No because they are competing apps,” he added.
Privacy Is a Constitutional Matter: Salve
Challenging CCI’s order, Salve said that WhatsApp cannot ‘see’ any user conversation. All conversations are protected by end-to-end encryption.
“I'm a user. It's my phone number. I send hundreds of messages. It is data generated within the system. That is what is shared. We have drifted very far from what is a competition matter. Personal data and privacy is primarily a constitutional virtue. I'm using data available in my own system,” he said
WhatsApp does not retain any messages, Salve further explained. “They are deleted from our servers after they are delivered,” he added.
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