WhatsApp Treating Indian Users Differently from Europeans: Centre tells Delhi High Court
At the beginning of the hearing, on 18 January, the court reiterated that WhatsApp was private and that it was optional to download it or not. It was a private program. Downloading is not needed. The court explained and questioned why the complainant challenged the WhatsApp policy: Any other app has identical terms and conditions with regard to exchanging user information with others.
The court also noted that Parliament and the Government were reviewing the Personal Data Privacy Bill in the plea. ASG Sharma told the court during the hearing that WhatsApp prima facie seems to be treating users with a “all or nothing approach” by not offering Indian users the option to opt out of sharing their data with other Facebook firms.
He also told the court that while the problem was between two private entities – WhatsApp and its users – the reach and scope 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” Sharma said the government was already investigating the problem and sent WhatsApp a message requesting some details.