According to a report, WhatsApp stated in its petition to the Delhi High Court for its privacy policy update that many Internet-based applications and websites have similar policies, and some even collect more data. According to reports, the Facebook-owned instant messaging app cited the privacy policies of companies such as Big Basket, Koo, Ola, Truecaller and Zomato in the court affidavit, as well as the government’s contact tracking app Aarogya Setu.

The messaging app was also named the American technology giants Google, Microsoft and Zoom, and mentioned Republic World, which is the digital business of the news channel Republic TV, Inc42, and the report cited an affidavit filed in the Delhi High Court on May 5.

WhatsApp’s response to the petition filed by the court, especially a few days ago, announced that it would cancel the May 15 deadline for submitting a new privacy policy. It said in a media statement that it will not delete the accounts of users who do not accept the policy update, and no one in India will lose the functionality of its apps.

However, WhatsApp stated in the “FAQ” page that users will “encounter limited functionality on their app” before accepting the update. It states: “This will not happen to all users at the same time.”

According to reports, WhatsApp told the Delhi High Court in the affidavit that if the court prevents its new privacy policy from being updated, it will undermine other technology companies in the country, including those that facilitate grocery deliveries and facilitate online appointments with doctors.

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The privacy policy update aims to enable WhatsApp to expand its business in India and other markets by allowing Facebook and third parties to access its user data to a certain extent. The deadline for accepting the new privacy policy was originally planned to be February 8, although the deadline was postponed to May 15 due to public dissatisfaction before it was cancelled.

In January, the Delhi High Court stated in a petition against WhatsApp that acceptance of the new privacy policy is “voluntary” and that if they do not agree to the platform’s terms and conditions, they can choose not to join the platform. The court at the time said: “Even Google Maps will capture and store all your data.”


Will WhatsApp’s new privacy policy end your privacy? We discussed it on the gadget 360 podcast Orbital. Orbital is available for Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify and wherever you get podcasts.