The government sought directions from the court to prevent WhatsApp from sending the notification to the user. It said the messaging app’s actions are against “the very grain of prima facie opinion of the Competition Commission of India’s order” dated March 24.
The replies have been filed in response to a PIL seeking framing of guidelines to protect the privacy and data of users being collected by various social media sites and messaging apps.
The petition has been filed by Noida resident Dr Seema Singh along with Delhi residents Meghan and Vikram Singh. It has argued that the fissures in law with regard to the data are “quite conspicuous”, and demanded a framework to regulate the same, The Indian Express reported.
The Ministry of Electronics and IT has written to WhatsApp on May 18 on the issue, sources said and warned that necessary steps in accordance with law will be taken if a satisfactory response was not received within seven days.
WhatsApp — which has 53 crore users in India as per government data — had faced severe backlash over user concerns that data was being shared with parent company Facebook.