The Delhi High Court has asked the government to respond to a plea against instant messaging service WhatsApp. (Representational image)
The Delhi High Court has asked the government to respond to a plea against instant messaging service WhatsApp after it decided to share data with its parent company Facebook.
The notice to the centre to examine the issue was issued by a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra. The concerned authorities have been asked to file their reply by September 14.
WhatsApp had on August 25 announced that it would start sharing user’s account information with its parent company Facebook, indicating a significant shift in its ‘strict’ privacy stance.
The new policy is likely to come into effect from September 25 but it is not necessary for users to agree to the new policy.
Representing the petitioners, senior advocates Sandeep Sethi and Pratibha M Singh informed the Delhi High Court that the change in policy is a "very serious breach of policy."
The petition doesn’t really make any sense as WhatsApp has given an option to opt out of the new policy, it has clearly mentioned that the new policy doesn’t harm privacy in any way and only attempts to enhance user experience with better targeted ads and friend suggestions on Facebook’s platform.