Sharma added that the government was also concerned about the way in which Indian users “have been more unilaterally exposed to these changes by not giving Indian users the option to log out …”
He further argued that, at first glance, WhatsApp seems to treat users with an all-or-nothing approach. “This takes advantage of the social importance of WhatsApp to force users into a business that can violate interests in privacy and information security,” he added.
Sharma also said the problem was apparently between two private parties. He added, however, “but the scope and breadth of WhatsApp make it a major reason for sensible and persuasive policies to be put in place”.
WhatsApp told the court on Monday that it was responding to the notice sent by the government. “We react to it. This is all misinformation, ”submitted Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, who represents WhatsApp.
Judge Sanjeev Sachdeva postponed the hearing to March 1 on Monday so that the government can take a decision in the meantime. The court found this earlier WhatsApp services are voluntary and a user can choose not to use them.
“It’s not something that makes downloading mandatory for you …” the court noted, adding that other requests also have similar terms.
In the past, users had to agree to the new policy by February 8 in order to continue using WhatsApp. The implementation has now been postponed to May 15th. Following the announcement of the updated policy, many users and privacy activists had concerns about this policy. especially about the exchange of information between the messaging app and other Facebook companies.
According to Article 226, a pleading can be made out to “any person or authority” including private bodies, for the enforcement of fundamental rights or “for any other purpose”. WhatsApp has become an important means of communication among the citizens of India and is also used to support several government functions.