Don’t use WhatsApp if not agree with new policy: High Court

WhatsApp new privacy policy

Don’t use WhatsApp if not  agree with new policy: High Court. It is a private app. Don’t join it. It is a voluntary decision, don’t accept it. Use some other app,” Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said to the petitioner, a lawyer, who has challenged WhatsApp’s new privacy policy which was slated to come into effect in February but has been delayed till May. Don’t use WhatsApp if not accepting new policy, use some other app: Delhi HC
The Delhi high court on Monday said accepting the new privacy policy of social messaging app WhatsApp was a “voluntary” decision of an individual.
The court also said that if the terms and conditions of most mobile apps are read, “you would be surprised as to what all you are consenting to”.

Delhi HC bench also said, ‘Even Google maps captures all your data and stores’.
The court further said that the petitioner not clear about what data would be leaked and since the issue requires consideration, it will be listed on January 25 due to paucity of time on Monday.
The central government also agreed with the court that the issue should be analyzed. 

WhatsApp and Facebook, representative, senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Mukul Rohatgi, told the court that the plea was not maintainable and many of the issues raised in it were without any foundation.
They added that private chat messages between family and friends would remain encrypted and cannot be stored by WhatsApp and this position would not change under the new policy. The change in policy would only affect the business chats on WhatsApp, they said.

The new privacy policy violates users right to privacy under the Constitution, contended in a petition by a lawyer. The plea has claimed that the updated privacy policy of WhatsApp allows full access into a user’s online activity without there being any supervision by the government.

According to the new policy, users have to accept it or exit the app, they cannot opt not to share their data with other Facebook-owned or third party apps.

According to lawyer appearing for the petitioner, the option not to agree with the new policy was given to users in European nations, but not in India.

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