The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed instant messaging service WhatsApp to file an affidavit addressing the privacy and copyright concerns raised by a PIL against the proposed new policy of sharing data with Facebook.
The bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal directed WhatsApp to file an affidavit after its counsel, senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, claimed that WhatsApp servers “did not retain any data except the username and phone number of the users.”
“There is no question of messages, photographs or documents getting shared with Facebook. We have no access to the content,” Luthra told the court. The lawyer, however, added that the name and phone number of the users, and the information regarding other users with whom they are in contact, would be shared with Facebook after September 25
Luthra, however, argued that any person who did not wish to allow information sharing with Facebook, could “opt out of using Whatsapp”. “You joined WhatsApp voluntarily, you can opt out voluntarily,” said Luthra.