Thursday, June 24, 2021

WhatsApp privacy policy would result in excessive data collection-CCI tells to Delhi HC

Competition Commission of India( CCI ) told the Delhi High Court on Tuesday that the new WhatsApp privacy policy would result in inappropriate data collection and stalking of customers for targeted ads in order to attract more users which are alleged abuse of dominant position.

The submission was made before Justice Navin Chawla by senior advocate Aman Lekhi on behalf of the Competition Commission of India (CCI) in defence of its order directing an investigation into the new privacy policy of messaging platform WhatsApp.

WhatsApp and Facebook’s case is represented by senior advocates Harish Salve and Mukul Rohatgi.

The Delhi High Court was hearing a petition filed by WhatsApp and its parent Facebook Inc. challenging CCI’s directive to launch a probe into WhatsApp’s contentious privacy policy update.

What is WhatsApp new privacy policy

WhatsApp has updated its privacy policy. The new policy says user data is impacted when there is interaction with a business on the platform and needs to provide more details on integration with Facebook, WhatsApp’s parent company.

On May 15, the WhatsApp privacy policy update will take effect, giving Facebook significantly more access to WhatsApp users’ metadata. India is WhatsApp’s largest market with over 530 million users.

After discovering that the messaging platform had violated the provisions of India’s Competition Act, 2002, on misuse of supremacy in the guise of policy update, the Competition Commission of India ordered an investigation on March 24.

India’s IT ministry had also filed a counter-affidavit in the Delhi High Court in March, requesting that WhatsApp refrain from implementing its contentious privacy policy update.

The IT ministry’s response was in relation to a petition seeking to direct the Central Government to force WhatsApp to either roll back its new privacy policy or give users an opt-out option.

However, after facing backlash from various users, the organization had postponed the deadline to May 15. The company, however, has maintained that the privacy policy update doesn’t compromise end-to-end encryption.

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