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WhatsApp can go ahead with its new privacy policy from September 25: Delhi High Court

WhatsApp has received a green signal from Delhi High Court. The Court on Friday gave a go ahead to the new privacy policy of the app.

By: | Published: September 23, 2016 4:07 PM
 However, it has also directed WhatsApp to remove information, data of users who decide to delete their account and this information should not be shared with Facebook. However, it has also directed WhatsApp to remove information, data of users who decide to delete their account and this information should not be shared with Facebook.

WhatsApp has received a green signal from Delhi High Court. The Court on Friday gave a go ahead to the new privacy policy of the app. However, it also stated that user informaton with WhatsApp cannot be shared with its affiliates before September 25th. Protection of data would also be extended to those who delete their WhatsApp account as the court prohibited the messenger service from using their data for its commercial purposes. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), was also asked to determine if an instant messaging service such as WhatsApp could be brought under existing statutory framework.

A PIL was filed by Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi, who said WhatsApp’s policy change contradicts its terms and conditions set in 2012 and would “endanger” the privacy of millions of users. The plea said the new policy, seeks to change the “most valuable, basic and essential feature” of WhatsApp by “unilaterally threatening to take away the protection to privacy of …data of its users and sharing the same with Facebook and all its group companies including for the purpose of commercial advertising and marketing.”

As per the new privacy policy which was recently announced, there will be data-sharing with parent company Facebook. While WhatsApp says no messages or photos will be shared, they will “coordinate” more to help improve ad experience on Facebook and its products. It is still not clear how this will pan out. Moreover, the WhatsApps’s updated policy states it “will share some of your account information with Facebook and the Facebook family of companies, like the phone number you verified when you registered with WhatsApp, as well as the last time you used our service.” This could include device information, online status, usage and log information. WhatsApp, however, points out that it won’t share any information “onto” Facebook or other Facebook apps, and that it won’t force a user to open a Facebook account.

 

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