Shocking! WhatsApp’s new privacy policy could lead to user stalking, says CCI

In a stunning flip of occasions, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) instructed the Delhi High Court that the new privacy policy launched by WhatsApp early this 12 months could lead to extreme knowledge assortment and stalking of shoppers for focused promoting.  

Justice Navin Chawla of the Delhi High Court stated that the CCI order seems to be involved with WhatsApp customers’ privacy points, in response to the business watchdog’s stand. CCI has maintained that it was not inspecting any alleged violations of people’ privacy, because the Supreme Court of India is investigating the matter individually. 

Currently, the Delhi High Court is listening to a plea filed by WhatsApp and Facebook to maintain the CCI’s order of directing an investigation into the new privacy policy at arm’s size. Senior advocate Harish Salve appeared for WhatsApp within the High Court and argued that the competitors regulator has “jumped the gun” by ordering the investigation. 

In his defence, he cited two causes to again his arguments. Firstly, he stated that the 2021 replace doesn’t change WhatsApp’s privacy policy. “The policy is not altered and is only an amplification of existing privacy policy. The competition regulator couldn’t have ordered an investigation on this issue since the high court and Supreme Court are already hearing cases on it,” he stated. 

Secondly, he argued that for the reason that High Court and the Supreme Court are already listening to comparable instances, the CCI can’t order a separate investigation on the identical difficulty. Senior advocate Aman Lekhi appeared for CCI. He cleared within the courtroom that the business watchdog is wanting on the competitors facet and never on the privacy violation of a person. He stated that there is no such thing as a query of jurisdictional error, including that the pleas had been “incompetent and misconceived”.

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