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WhatsApp in HC: We won’t enforce new privacy policy till data protection bill comes into force

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New Delhi, Jul 9(ILNS) The Delhi High Court has deferred its hearing on the appeal filed by WhatsApp and its parent company Facebook against the order passed by the Single Judge refusing to interfere with the Competition Commission of India’s probe for investigation against the platform’s new privacy policy.

“The difficulty appears to be not only you are collecting all this data but you are also giving it to somebody else without the permission of the person” queried the division bench of Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh.

The senior counsel Harish Salve, appearing for the WhatsApp, informed the Court that it is not intending to enforce the new privacy policy till the Private Data Protection Bill comes into existence.

Salve submitted that the inquiry by the CCI is into the implication of the policy. But, when the Government of India, being the administrator, is seized of the issue and has instructed WhatsApp to take off the policy till the law is made, CCI cannot jump the gun and direct inquiry.

He raised question on the the probe ordered by CCI on the ground that if Parliament makes a law and allows it to share data, the CCI cannot then question as to why they are sharing the said data./ILNS/SNG

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