Delhi High Court: Delete WhatsApp if you feel it compromises data
Justice Sachdeva further told the Petitioner, "I doubt that you have read any of the policies of any of the apps, you'll be shocked as to what all you consent to, and it is all voluntary, if you don't want, don't use the app. I am yet to understand your concern. Until I understand it, I will not issue notice on your plea."
The counsel appearing for Rohillastated that Whatsapp shares information globally. "Everything they gather from us is shared," he added. The court then said that there are two issues. The first is that personal messages are looked into and shared. The second is that browsing history is shared. The Court asked him to explain as to what was his real concern.
The petitioner replied that the apps analyze browsing history and form an opinion about the user and share that. To this, the court said that all apps do that. The petitioner's counsel said that in Europe and the US, WhatsApp is giving an option to accept or reject the updated policy, here in India, no such option is given.
WhatsApp was represented by Sr. Adv. Kapil Sibal while Facebook was represented by Sr. Adv. Mukul Rohatgi. WhatsApp challenged the very maintainability of the petition stating that users had the option to use the business app or not. Facebook submitted that the app is completely safe to use and reassured the petitioner that all chats between friends, relatives, etc. will be encrypted and safe.
When the petitioner stated that there needs to be a law regulating these apps, Sr. Adv. Rohatgi said, "The High Court is not going to make laws. If you want new laws, go to the Parliament."
However, when it faced opposition, WhatsApp assured users that no accounts will be suspended on February 8.
Earlier, the matter was listed before Justice Prathiba Singh who recused from hearing the case.