In response to the petitioner’s plea that WhatsApp and Facebook analyse behaviour of the users from the data that is collected, Justice Sachdeva said: “Not only WhatsApp, all applications do that… Do you use Google maps? Do you know it captures and shares your data?”
A direction has also been sought to the Centre for laying down guidelines to ensure that the instant messaging platform does not share any data of its users with any third party or Facebook and its companies for any purpose.
There’s a hullabaloo about nothing. WhatsApp has constantly said the messages are encrypted and even WhatsApp can’t read it. We have only made change with regard to Business WhatsApp: Facebook tells Delhi HC @IndianExpress
— Ahsan (@sofiahsan) January 18, 2021
In its submission, Facebook, the company that owns WhatsApp, said: “There’s a hullabaloo about nothing. WhatsApp has constantly said the messages are encrypted and even WhatsApp can’t read it. We have only made change with regard to Business WhatsApp.”