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Facebook, WhatsApp urge Delhi High Court to stay CCI notice on messaging app’s new privacy policy: Report

Facebook and WhatsApp urged the Delhi High Court to stay the Competition Commission of India's (CCI) notice asking them to furnish information in relation to an investigation ordered by the regulatory body into the messaging app’s new privacy policy, a report by Press Trust of India said. The matter has been listed on July 9, when a vacation bench of Justices Anup Jairam Bhambhani and Jasmeet Singh may pass an order on the application. The bench refused to delve into the matter as the main petition was pending before another bench headed by the Chief Justice. About the case, a background: The case relates to appeals by Facebook and WhatsApp against a single judge ruling dismissing their pleas against the probe CCI had ordered into the instant messaging app's new privacy policy. The High Court had earlier issued notices on May 6, responding to appeals made by the two companies, and asked the Centre to respond to it. Meanwhile, on June 4, CCI issued a notice to WhatsApp asking them to furnish some information regarding their new privacy policy. Further, on June 6, Facebook and WhatsApp filed fresh applications in conjunction with the pending appeals urging the HC to issue a stay on CCI's notice. A look into the arguments during the hearing Senior advocate Harish Salve, representing WhatsApp: He said that there was a problem with the last date to respond (June 21) since they received a fresh notice on June 4. Salve also said that the privacy policy…

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