WhatsApp indulging in anti-user practices, obtaining ‘trick consent’: Centre tells Delhi High Court

NEW DELHI: The Centre on Thursday knowledgeable the Delhi High Court that instantaneous messaging software WhatsApp is ”indulging in anti-user practices by obtaining ‘trick consent’ from customers for its up to date privateness coverage.”

The Centre additional alleged that WhatsApp went forward with its revised privateness coverage and doesn’t adjust to the brand new Indian IT guidelines for social media platforms. In a contemporary affidavit filed earlier than the excessive courtroom, the Centre slammed WhatsApp for obtaining ‘trick consent’ from customers for its up to date privateness coverage. 

“Millions of Whatsapp users who haven’t accepted new policy are bombarded with notifications every day,” the federal government mentioned.



The Centre additional submitted that present notifications being pushed by WhatsApp on its customers, current and new ones, is towards the very grain of prima facie opinion of the Competition Commission of India’s order dated March 24, 2021.

The Centre additionally added that the Facebook-owned messaging platform has unleashed its “digital prowess” over unsuspecting current customers, forcing them emigrate to the 2021 privateness coverage earlier than Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill turns into a regulation.

Centre urged the Delhi High Court to concern interim route to WhatsApp to desist from any motion of ‘push notifications’ onto customers associated to up to date 2021 privateness coverage and to put on the report variety of instances such notifications are being pushed each day & their conversion charge.

An intensive and detailed investigation is required to determine the total extent, scope and influence of knowledge sharing by way of the involuntary consent of customers, it was submitted.

The Centre’s contemporary affidavit was filed in response to a PIL by Dr Seema Singh, Meghan and Vikram Singh searching for a route to the Central authorities to order WhatsApp to both roll again the brand new privateness coverage or present an possibility for customers to opt-out.

The affidavit was submitted earlier than the excessive courtroom listening to on the case started. The courtroom, nonetheless, has adjourned the listening to of pleas difficult WhatsApp’s revised privateness coverage.

WhatsApp final week mentioned it is going to go forward with its controversial privateness coverage replace. It, nonetheless, mentioned that it’s going to enable customers to learn it at “their own pace” and also will show a banner offering further data.

The messaging app has instructed the courtroom that its new privateness coverage got here into impact on May 15. But, it could not begin deleting accounts of these customers who haven’t accepted the coverage but. It will as an alternative encourage them to get on board.

During the earlier listening to, the Centre instructed the courtroom that it views the brand new privateness coverage of WhatsApp as a violation of the Indian Information Technology (IT) regulation and guidelines. It sought instructions for the social media platform to make it clear whether or not it has confirmed the identical.

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