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‘Delete WhatsApp if it compromises data’: Key takeaways from hearing on WhatsApp’s privacy policy in Delhi HC

We missed this earlier: The Delhi High-Court on Monday told petitioners who challenged WhatsApps' new privacy policy that users can choose to delete the app if they feel it compromises their data. The court acknowledged WhatsApp's decision to delay the roll-out of the new privacy policy and therefore adjourned the matter to later this month,  according to tweets by Bar and Bench. While global messaging platform WhatsApp has delayed the roll-out of its new privacy policy in India, the Facebook owned entity has been taken to court over the new privacy terms and conditions. The petition states that the new privacy police violates Indians' Right to Privacy under the Constitution of India and takes away the choice of users' who do not want their data shared with other Facebook apps, WhatsApp's updated privacy policy  contains language on how user data is processed by the company. It also has new sections on how businesses can use WhatsApp to communicate with each other, likely in line with Facebook’s push to generate more revenue from the messaging app. Additionally, the policies deal with connections within the Facebook’s “family of apps and products”. In an earnings call in October 2020, CEO Mark Zuckerberg had indicated a “connected interoperable system” where WhatsApp, Instagram and and Messenger app could be used interchangeably. Only recently, Messenger app and Instagram were integrated with a “cross-messaging” feature. While WhatsApp reiterated that its service is fully end-to-end encrypted and and neither it nor Facebook can see messages, the petition contends…

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