WhatsApp Messenger on Friday told the Delhi High Court that it would not enforce its updated privacy policies until the Personal Data Protection Bill coming into force. Appearing for WhatsApp and Facebook, senior counsel Harish Salve informed the high court that the new privacy policies were on hold.
“The government has asked to shut down the policy. We have said we will not enforce it till the data protection bill is passed. That is open-ended because we don’t know when the Bill is going to come out,” Harish Salve during the hearing at the Delhi High Court.
Harish Salve further told the Delhi High Court: “We have said we will not do this [enforce policy] for a while. Suppose the Bill allows me to do it, we will have completely different ramifications.”
Harish Salve said, “We voluntarily agreed to put it (the policy) on hold… we will not compel people to accept.”
The IT ministry has pointed to WhatsApp that the policy followed by them was the discriminatory treatment of Indian users when compared to those in Europe where one did not have compulsorily accept the new policy.