“If you don’t want to, you can choose not to. It is not mandatory for you to download,” the court said.
“Every other application has similar terms and conditions. How does this application prejudice you?” the court asked.
Appearing on behalf of the government, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Chetan Sharma told the court that WhatsApp’s differential policy for users in India and the European Union with respect to the acceptance of the updated policy was a major cause of concern.
Sharma added that the Ministry had expressed concerns about WhatsApp’s policy and was engaging with the company.
Taking notice of this, the court said that a court notice is unlikely since the matter is being dealt with by the government.
Earlier this month, it was reported that the government was examining all sides of the debate and keeping an eye on potential privacy violations occurring because of WhatsApp’s new update.
As per its contentious privacy updates, WhatsApp will share user data, including location, phone number, contacts list and usage pattern, with Facebook and its group companies such as Instagram and Messenger, for conversations between users and businesses.
While nothing has changed in terms of WhatsApp sharing data from peer-to-peer chats, critics have slammed WhatsApp’s ‘my way or the highway’ approach, as users haven’t been provided with the option to opt-out from the data sharing.