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Won’t enforce privacy policy till data bill is implemented, WhatsApp tells Delhi HC

WhatsApp told the court that it would continue to display the update to its users but would not limit the functionality for those not opting for new privacy policy.

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New Delhi: Whatsapp told the Delhi High Court on Friday that till the data protection bill comes into force, it would not compel users to opt for its new privacy policy as it has been put on hold.

Whatsapp also clarified before the bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh that it would not limit the functionality for users who are not opting for the new privacy policy in the meantime.

Appearing for the instant messaging platform, Senior Advocate Harish Salve said, “We voluntarily agreed to put it (the policy) on hold… we will not compel people to accept.”

Salve said that Whatsapp would nonetheless continue to display the update to its users.

The court is hearing the appeals of Facebook and its firm WhatsApp against the single-judge order refusing to stop the competition regulator CCI’s order directing a probe into WhatsApp’s new privacy policy.


Also read: Without the privacy and data protection law, India’s regulation of Big Tech will be ad hoc


 

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