New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday slammed WhatsApp, asking the OTT service provider to remove all information and data of users who have decided to delete their accounts and refrain against sharing it with Facebook.
The High Court also asked the government and the TRAI to examine the feasibility of bringing messaging platforms such as WhatsApp under the regulatory framework.
It said that if the message is undelivered even after 30 days, it is deleted. Senior advocate Pratibha M Singh, who was appearing for petitioners Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi, opposed the contention, saying WhatsApp was not giving “any choice at all” to the users so that their information is not shared on Facebook.
“They (WhatsApp) should give a full opt-out option to the users from their information being shared with Facebook and they should not be allowed to use the information for any purpose without the consent of the user,” she said.
Singh also sought that the information of such users, who completely opt out of WhatsApp, should be deleted from the servers.
“What will happen if a user completely deletes WhatsApp,” the bench asked senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, appearing for WhatsApp. “We are only concerned about the users who will opt out saying they do not want to accept the terms and conditions of the new policy. We do not want to go into other issues,” the bench told Luthra.
Responding to this, Luthra said “no data will be shared if the user opts out. When you (user) will delete WhatsApp account, the undelivered messages will be deleted. We will retain nothing.” The bench had said that it would pass appropriate order on September 23 on the PIL against the recent WhatsApp decision to share user data with parent company Facebook.