The Delhi High Court said on Monday that accepting the new privacy policy of the instant messaging app WhatsApp is a “voluntary” matter, and if you do not agree to its terms and conditions, you can choose not to join the platform. The court also stated that if you read the terms and conditions of most mobile apps, “you will be surprised by everything you agree to”.

The court said: “Even Google Maps will capture and store all your data.”

Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva told the petitioner: “This is a private application. Please do not join. It is voluntary, please do not accept. Please use other applications.” The service was originally scheduled to take effect in February, but it is now postponed to May.

The court further stated that it did not know what data the petitioner would leak, and due to the need to consider the issue, due to the limited time on Monday, the data will be listed on January 25.

The central government also agreed with the court’s opinion that this issue needs to be analyzed.
WhatsApp and Facebook, represented by senior supporters Kapil Sibal and Mukul Rohatgi, told the court that this kind of plea cannot be sustained, and many of the issues raised are unfounded. They further told the court that private chat messages between family and friends will remain encrypted and cannot be stored by WhatsApp, and this position will not change under the new policy.

They said that the policy change will only affect business chats on WhatsApp.

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The petition argues that the updated privacy policy violates the privacy rights of users as stipulated in the Constitution. The defense claims that WhatsApp’s new privacy policy allows full access to users’ online activities without any government supervision.


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