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WhatsApp Privacy Policy not Conforming to Indian IT Laws: Centre to Delhi High Court

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Amid controversies around WhatsApp new privacy policy, the Centre told the Delhi High Court that the new privacy policy of WhatsApp is a clear violation of Indian Information Technology (IT) rules and laws.

Despite the company has made several changes to the policy, the Centre sought direction from the Social media platform to make it clear that whether the policy stands by the laws of India.

The company has made it clear that they won’t be deleting the accounts of the people who have not accepted it but will try to make such people accept it.

The policy came into effect on 15 May but the company said that there is no uniform time limit for when the company will start deleting the accounts and it will solely depend on case-to-case basis.

The bench has thereby issued notice to Centre, Facebook and WhatsApp to seek to hear their stand on the issue while hearing one of the pleas by a lawyer who claimed that the policy violates the Right to Privacy under the constitution.

Centre while hearing told the court that they have already written a letter to Mark Zuckerberg on this issue and are waiting for their reply.

Also, mentioning that there was a need to maintain status quo with regard to implementation of the concerned policy.

The court listed the matter for further hearing on June 3.