Apparently, there does not seem any way to opt-out of the data sharing policy for the users, which has left them extremely worried and confused. As a result, many users have shifted to another messenger app called Signal.
Now, while hearing a plea filed by a lawyer in the Delhi High Court, regarding this new policy and submitting that it violates the right of privacy of individuals, the Delhi HC responded that joining the app is a ‘voluntary’ decision of individuals and one is free to not use/join the same, shall they not agree with its policies.
Let’s learn more on the Delhi HC hearing.
Brief Insight into the Whatsapp Issue
These new terms have left the technology experts, privacy advocates and users extremely worried.
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Initially, Whatsapp had set this deadline date of terminating your account shall you not accept its terms, to February 8.
However, after receiving severe backlash on the same, it has postponed this date to May 15.
Whatsapp Issue Response from the Delhi HC
To this, the HC responded that accepting the new policy of Whatsapp will be a voluntary decision of individuals. He added that it would be upon one’s discretion to use the platform, shall he/she agree to the terms of the policy.
“It is not mandatory to download it. Every other app has similar terms and conditions regarding sharing of user information with others”, responded the court to the petitioner.
Personal Data Protection Bill
During the hearing, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Chetan Sharma stated that WhatsApp has left users with an ‘all or nothing approach’, as its new policy doesn’t provide Indian users with any option of opting out of sharing their data with other companies of Facebook.
The court also observed that the Personal Data Protection Bill was being considered by Parliament and the government was looking into issues raised in the plea.