Two Indian students opposed to the Facebook & WhatsApp’s decision of sharing their users’ data with their entire platform, to which the Delhi High Court, on 23rd September 2016, slammed the popular messaging application, WhatsApp for according its user data with Facebook and directed in favor of their filed PIL. Following to this, WhatsApp on Thursday, 29th Sept, said that they will comply with the Delhi High Court orders against sharing the user data accumulated up to 25th September with its parent company Facebook. They dismiss all the earlier media reports.
Mashable, a global and multi-platform media & entertainment company had stated earlier that WhatsApp had intended to oppose the Delhi High Court order and had planned to go ahead with the information sharing. According to them, Delhi High Court’s order has not impacted its proposed changes for WhatsApp’s terms & privacy condition.
WhatsApp spokesperson Anne Yeh was also quoted as saying in a statement, “This ruling has no impact on the planned policy & terms of service updates.”
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WhatsApp will also erase the data of those users who do not wish to or did not opt out of the messaging service and agreed to the new terms and conditions. The court also said that all the date till 25th September is to be removed.
The bench also added that they have taken a note of the fact that under the terms & conditions of WhatsApp, users are given the option to delete their WhatsApp account at any point of time. Following to which, info of the users would automatically be deleted from the WhatsApp servers. Delhi High Court also directed the government to examine this issue of the functioning of such instant messaging apps & take the appropriate decision pertaining to whether it is possible to bring them under the statutory regulatory framework.