New Delhi: WhatsApp told the Delhi High Court on Friday (July 9) that it had voluntarily put on hold contentious updates to its privacy police.
Appearing for the instant messaging platform, Senior Advocate Harish Salve said, “We voluntarily agreed to put it (the policy) on hold… we will not compel people to accept.”
Salve said that WhatsApp would nonetheless continue to display the update to its users.
The court was hearing a plea by the instant messaging platform and its owners, Facebook, challenging a CCI, or Competition Commission of India, inquiry into the policy.
Earlier the Centre on Thursday (June 3) in the Delhi High Court said that WhatsApp was using its prowess to force users to accept its new terms of policy. It said that WhatsApp would try to get users to accept the new policy before the Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill becomes a law.
The Centre also said that the act of forcing users to accept the policy is is against the Competition Commission of India’s order which was passed on March 24, 2021.
Furthermore, it also asked the High Court to direct WhatsApp to stop sending push notifications to users over accepting its new police.
The government also asked the court to place on the record, the number of times such notifications are being pushed daily and their conversion rate.
In addition, the India government also asked the company to roil back the policy as it violated the Information Technology (Reasonable security practices and procedures and sensitive personal data or information) Rules, 2011.
(With inputs from PTI)