The IFF has sought a stay from the Supreme Court on the update, which is set to go live on May 15, 2021.
WhatsApp can not be treated like any other private messaging app, the internet rights group told the court
The IFF has sought an interim stay order as a measure to safeguard the personal data and privacy of over 400 Mn Indian WhatsApp users. According to LiveLaw, in an instant application filed through advocate TVS Raghavendra Sreyas, the IFF has stated that the policy is highly invasive and has been unilaterally forced upon Indian internet users.
According to the petitioner, the latest policy update, included in 2021, allows WhatsApp to share more details such as device logs and internet traffic information, along with location details collected with Facebook and other companies, thereby making it highly dangerous given the granular nature of metadata collected by WhatsApp.
The applicant has also mentioned that the company is moving away from its end-to-end encryption guarantee for chat messages, given that Facebook and its partner companies might have access to certain messages between users and businesses on WhatsApp.