Besides claiming that WhatsApp’s policy violates the right to privacy enshrined in the Indian constitution, the petition also prayed for a formulation of social media intermediary guidelines and added that WhatsApp is treating non-Indian users differently.
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“If you don’t want to, you can choose not to. It is not mandatory for you to download. Every other application has similar terms and conditions. How does this application prejudice you?” the court had asked.
At the time, the court was informed by Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Chetan Sharma, who was representing the government, that IT ministry had expressed concerns about WhatsApp’s policy and was engaging with the company. The court had adjourned the hearing on the basis of the government’s involvement.