WhatsApp Treating Indians Differently Than European Users: Centre Tells Court
“It is not mandatory to download it (WhatsApp). Every other app has similar terms and conditions regarding sharing of user information with others,” the court reiterated and asked why the petitioner was challenging WhatsApp policy.
ASG Sharma argued that WhatsApp appears to be treating Indian users with an “all or nothing approach” by not giving them the option of opting out of sharing data with other companies of Facebook.
Although the issue was between two private parties — WhatsApp and its users — the scope and expanse of WhatsApp “make it a germane ground that reasonable and cogent policies are put in place which is being done by the Personal Data Protection Bill and discussions are very much on.”
The court set the next hearing for the on March 1.