CCI probe: WhatsApp tells Delhi HC new privacy policy on hold

The Delhi HC then prorogue the case for further hearing on July 30

WhatsApp Messenger told the Delhi High Court it is putting its new privacy policyon hold till the Personal Data Protection Bill (PDP) comes into force.


Senior advocate Harish Salve, appeared for WhatsApp said that the Messenger had replied to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology's notice. He said that the social media giant will not limit its functionality for some time and continue to show users the updated.


Earlier, the Delhi HC had refused to stay a notice of the Competition Commission of India (CCI) seeking details about the new privacy policy of WhatsApp Messenger.


The Delhi HC had said,"We would only urge the DG, CCI to bear in mind that investigation against the appellant is under judicial consideration before a Division Bench of this court."


The single bench of of Chief justice D N Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh at Delhi High Court on April 22 had dismissed Facebook and WhatsApp Messenger pleas challenging a CCI orders for an investigation into the messaging app's new privacy policy.


The petitioners had challenged the order passed by CCI directing a inquiry into the new privacy policy and the inquiry should be completed within 60 days.


Facebook and WhatsApp Messenger said that as the issue of WhatsApp's privacy policy is being heard by the Supreme Court of India and High Court then, there was no requirement of CCI to order the inquiry.


Senior Advocate Salve and Former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi appeared for the petitioners and told the court that CCI proceedings must be kept in suspension as the matter is pending before Supreme Court and High Court.


ASG (Additional Solicitor General) Aman Lekhi represented CCI and, had told the court that the matter is not of privacy policy but access to data and the CCI is going to deal with meta data.


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