WhatsApp Informs Delhi HC That It Will Not Limit Functionality Till the New Law Comes to Force
WhatsApp further submitted that it has voluntarily agreed to put on hold the update, which triggered the controversy till the Data Protection Bill comes into force.
Senior Advocate Harish Salve, appearing for WhatsApp, told the Delhi HC that Whatsapp has responded to a notice by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology seeking a response.
Senior Advocate Harish Salve submitted before a Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Jyoti Singh that WhatsApp will not limit functionality for some time and continue to show users the updates until Data Protection Bill comes into force. “We have voluntarily agreed to put an update on hold till then, ” said Salve.
Delhi High Court was hearing Facebook and WhatsApp pleas challenging a single-judge bench order dismissing their pleas against the Competition Commission of India’s (CCI) decision.
The Court put certain questions to WhatsApp and said that there was an allegation that the platform wants to collect data and give it to others, remarking that such things cannot be done.
The Court also sought to know whether there is a difference between the messaging platform’s policy in India and Europe.
In his response, the Senior Advocate said, currently, the inquiry is over update and the messaging app will not do anything if the parliamentary law comes into force and says you can’t share the data, as it needs to fit in the law.
In his response, the Senior Advocate said, currently, the inquiry is over the update, and the messaging app will not do anything if the parliamentary law comes into force and says you can’t share the data.
Appearing for Facebook, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi submitted that Facebook is only the parent company of WhatsApp and has been roped in for nothing.
The Court has adjourned the matter for July 30 for further hearing.
Earlier the Division had issued notice to CCI in the matter.
Senior Advocate Harish Salve and Former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi appeared for the petitioners and had told the court that CCI proceedings must be kept in abeyance as the matter is pending before Supreme Court and High Court.
Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Aman Lekhi, who represented CCI in the matter, had earlier told the court that the matter is not of privacy but access to data and the Competition is going to deal with metadata.