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Delhi HC remarks to not use WhatsApp if concerned about data


The Delhi High Court, on Monday, said that WhatsApp is a private app and in case anyone has a problem, he or she can remove it from their phones. It added by saying that all applications, and not just WhatsApp, take information from their users.

The court adjourned the matter to January 25 due to the paucity of time. Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva also refused to issue notice on a plea by lawyer Chirag Rohilla, who had challenged the new updated policy of WhatsApp.

Advocate Manohar Lal, who appeared for the petitioner also requested to seek a response from WhatsApp on his allegations and the issues raised by him. However, the court denied and suggested to switch to some other application if he has a problem.


Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for WhatsApp, told the court that the policy remains the same as it was for private persons for the last five years. He also said that the policy has been updated only with respect to business accounts, while also adding that private chats would continue to remain end-to-end encrypted.

The plea has contended that updated policy virtually scrutinises the personal profile of a user, violating the Right to Privacy of an individual.

The petition had also said that WhatsApp has put a compulsion to accept its new privacy policy by February 8. However, it was informed during the hearing that the implementation of the policy has been deferred till May.