“We have asked users to agree to policy. If they don't agree, we will delete them. There is no deferment of policy," lawyer Kapil Sibal who is representing WhatsApp in the Delhi High Court said.
For now, the high court has adjourned the case till 3 June, even as Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Chetan Sharma, along with the petitioners, sought the status quo.
In its controversial update, the instant messaging app had admitted that it does and will continue to share user data like device location and contact details for chats shared on its “Business” app with Facebook to make the buying-selling experience more customised for users. WhatsApp’s online marketplace-like “Business” app was launched back in 2018.
The update stirred major hysteria among WhatsApp's reported two billion global users, who are uncomfortable about sharing such a wide range of data with Facebook and other apps.
WhatsApp has also repeated that chats exchanged between users on its normal app remain end-to-end encrypted and no data is collected or shared with Facebook.
WhatsApp and Facebook had questioned the necessity of CCI’s involvement in the case when the Supreme Court of India was already looking into it. The CCI however maintained that the issue is not only related to concerns over data sharing and collection – but also about the possibilities of WhatsApp exploiting its dominant position in India for targeted advertising.