The Delhi High Court played down concerns around privacy on WhatsApp in response to a petition, saying that WhatsApp is a private app and if users do not accept the terms, they need not use the app.
According to a Bar & Bench report, the Delhi HC judge Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva stated that the court does not understand the concerns, and said that WhatsApp is a private app. “If you feel WhatsApp will compromise data, delete WhatsApp,” he remarked.
Further, when counsel for the petitioner, advocate Manohar Lal said that ‘everything’ that a user was doing was being analysed by WhatsApp, the court, citing Google Maps said that several other platforms also did the same and not just WhatsApp.
“I doubt if you’ve read the terms and conditions (of any of the apps that you use),” asked the Delhi HC to the counsel.
- The collection of device and connection-specific information, location data, etc
- Interaction with a business using WhatsApp services, where businesses are likely to provide information about their interactions with the user
- WhatsApp may receive information about the user from third parties being used by users
- WhatsApp receives and shares information with other Facebook-owned companies
- Lastly, WhatsApp shares information globally, both internationally within the Facebook Companies and externally with its partners and service providers, and with those with whom the user communicates around the world