If you do not want to accept the privacy policy of WhatsApp, then other options open: Delhi High Court

Amid the controversy over WhatsApp’s new privacy policy, the Delhi High Court has said that accepting the new privacy policy of the social media company is dependent on the willingness of the users. If someone does not agree with its terms and rules, then he can choose to stop using it. A petitioner, a lawyer by profession, challenged Whitesapp’s new privacy policy, which was to come into force in February, although it has now been deferred till May.

Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said, “This is a private app. Accepting it or not is voluntary, if you do not agree then use some other app. Agreeing on things. The court said that even ‘Google Maps’ collects all your data (Social Media). This matter needs to be discussed, so the matter is listed for hearing on 25 January.

The central government also agreed on this. Senior lawyers Kapil Sibal and Mukul Rohatgi, appearing on behalf of WhatsApp and Facebook, told the court that this petition is not hearable and there is no basis for many of the issues raised in it. Private conversation between family members and friends will be code (confidential). WhatsApp cannot collect it and this status will continue in the new policy as well. The lawyers said that the change in policy would only affect business conversations on WhatsApp. The petition states that the new privacy policy violates privacy rights under the Constitution.

WhatsApp’s privacy policy allows users to have full access to online activities. There is no government supervision in this. Under the new policy, users either accept it or opt out of the app, but cannot choose not to share their data with another platform owned by Facebook or any other app.

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