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Contrary to reports, WhatsApp will comply with Delhi HC order on user data sharing

Countering media reports, WhatsApp said that it will  comply with last week’s Delhi HC ruling which directed it to delete all information/data of users who delete their WhatsApp account by 25th September 2016. The ruling also said that any such data shall not be shared with Facebook. If a user chooses to remain on WhatsApp then the service shall not share data of users collected up till 25th September 2016, the ruling added. A Mashable story yesterday quoted a WhatsApp spokesperson as saying “The ruling has no impact on the planned policy and terms of service updates.” The spokesperson for WhatsApp however told us that the quote mentioned in the story was “factually incorrect”. Public Relations company MSLGROUP speaking for WhatsApp told MediaNama: “WhatsApp will comply with the order from the Delhi High Court. We plan to proceed with the privacy policy and terms update in accordance with the Court’s order. The Court’s emphasis on the importance of user choice and consent is encouraging.” WhatsApp’s Policy changes and PIL at Delhi HC WhatsApp had updated its privacy policy in August to collect user data including phone numbers, usage patterns, status and login information to perform analytics and for “people (users) to communicate with businesses”. Further such information would also be shared with Facebook and Facebook’s family of apps so that it can track basic metrics like how often users utilize services. Subsequently, a PIL was filed against the messaging app stating that the “drastic changes” in WhatsApp’s privacy policy is a U-turn…

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