Won’t ask users to accept new privacy policy: WhatsApp to HC

New Delhi: Facebook-owned instant messaging app WhatsApp today told the Delhi High Court that it will voluntarily put a hold on the rollout of its ‘contentious’ new privacy policy until a data protection bill comes into force.

It also told the court that it won’t limit the functionality of its platform to users who choose not to opt for the new privacy policy in the meanwhile.

WhatsApp will, however, continue to display the update to users who have not accepted it, and it will remain in force for those who have, the company said.

“We voluntarily agreed to put it (the new policy) on hold… we will not compel people to accept,” senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for WhatsApp, told the court.

The court was hearing a plea by the instant messaging platform and its owner, Facebook, challenging a CCI, or Competition Commission of India, inquiry into the policy.


NT Bureau