In an official statement to Deccan Chronicle, WhatsApp said they will comply with the orders issued by the Delhi High Court.
In an official statement to Deccan Chronicle, WhatsApp said they will comply with the orders issued by the Delhi High Court. On September 23, the division bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal directed WhatsApp not to share users’ data collected before September 25, with Facebook or any other company.
Post the announcement, two Indian students filed a PIL against WhatsApp in the Delhi High Court. The Delhi High Court ruled in favour of the students' PIL and directed WhatsApp to delete all the users' data they collected up to September 25 and not share it with its parent company Facebook Inc.
"WhatsApp does not have access to any data as it provides end-to-end encryption. We only have access to the person's name and number which is also obtained by online consent. We are abiding by the central government's regulations for messenger apps. We are not dealing with sensitive information at all," Luthra said.
Senior advocate Pratibha M Singh, who represented the two Indian students (petitioners) Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi, had argued that WhatsApp was sharing the entire data with Facebook even if users opted out of the new policy.
However, there was no action confirmed from WhatsApp or Facebook after the HC ruling. Reports claimed that Facebook could appeal to the higher court (as they did in Germany). We reached out to WhatsApp to find out if they were following the Delhi High Court's ruling, and they replied in positive.