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WhatsApp’s new privacy policy challenged in Delhi High Court

The petitioner, Advocate Chaitanya Rohilla, said certain clauses in the new privacy policy directly affect the fundamental rights of the individual.

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A petition has been filed in the Delhi High Court alleging that the new Privacy Policy introduced by WhatsApp is violative of the Right to Privacy provided under part III of the Constitution of India and affirmed by the Supreme Court of India in the case of Justice K.S. Puttaswamy and Ors. Vs. Union of India (UOI) and Ors. 

The petition has been filed by Advocate Chaitanya Rohilla seeking a direction to the Central Government to lay down guidelines to ensure that WhatsApp does not share any data of its users with any third party or Facebook and its companies for any purpose and pass an injunction on the updated privacy policy of WhatsApp. 

The petitioner has alleged that the certain clauses in the new privacy policy directly hit the fundamental rights of the individual that includes:

i.                 Collection of device and connection-specific information;

ii.                Location Information;

iii.               Interaction with Businesses using WhatsApp Services, businesses may provide information about their interactions with you;

iv.               WhatsApp may receive information about the user from third parties being used by user;

v.                “WhatsApp receives information from, and shares information (see here) with, the other Facebook Companies”;

vi.               “WhatsApp shares information globally, both internally within the Facebook Companies and externally with our partners and service providers, and with those with whom you communicate around the world, in accordance with this Privacy Policy”; etc. 

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The plea has further stated,

“The updated Privacy Policy introduced by WhatsApp won’t be applicable for the European Region owing to the data protection law in place there. WhatsApp is legally bound to not share data with Facebook in the European Region because it’s a contravention of the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).”

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