The affidavit was filed in response to a case filed by advocate Chaitanya Rohilla in January, which alleged that the new policy, which is mandatory for the users to accept by May 15, 2021, jeopardises the national security of the country by sharing, transmitting and storing the users’ data in some other country. The petitioner alleged that WhatsApp is integrating people into Facebook so that Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram (another subsidiary of Facebook) all become part of one package.
Under the new terms and conditions, WhatsApp would share transaction data, mobile device information, IP addresses, and other data on how users interact with businesses on WhatsApp and with Facebook group companies, including Instagram. WhatsApp however, has maintained that data sharing has been part of its policy since 2016 to provide safe and reliable services and enhance user experience.
After facing a massive backlash over the update, WhatsApp clarified that the update included new features and provided further transparency about how it collected and used data. It also extended its deadline for accepting the new policy to May 15, 2021, but despite the protests and the cases, has claimed that it will not revoke the policy.