“It is a private app. Don’t join it. What is your grievance? I can’t understand your concern. If you feel WhatsApp will compromise data, delete WhatsApp,” asserted the HC.
While the counsel for the petitioner, advocate Manohar Lal asserted that ‘everything’ that a user was doing was being analyzed by the Facebook-owned social app, the Court stated that several other platforms also did the same and not just WhatsApp alone.
“Not just WhatsApp but all platforms do that. Do you know Google Maps also shares data? I doubt if you’ve read the terms and conditions (of any of the apps that you use),” the Court asked the counsel for the petitioner.
On the other hand, during the brief hearing, the Senior Counsel appearing for WhatsApp and Facebook submitted that the private WhatsApp chats are completely encrypted.
Further, the court said that it could not understand what data would be leaked according to the petitioner and since the issue requires consideration, it will be listed on January 25 due to paucity of time on Monday.