The Delhi High Court has directed instant messaging service WhatsApp to file an affidavit, which would be addressing the privacy and copyright concerns that are raised by a PIL against the proposed new policy of sharing data with Facebook.
The bench comprising of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal directed the messaging app WhatsApp to file an affidavit after its counsel, senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, have claimed that WhatsApp servers “did not retain any data except the username and their phone number.”
However, the lawyer added that the name and phone number of the users, and the relevant information regarding other users with whom they are in contact, would be shared with the social networking site Facebook after September 25.
Luthra has also argued that any person who did not wish to allow information sharing with Facebook, could “opt out of using the app Whatsapp”. “You joined WhatsApp voluntarily, you can opt out voluntarily,” said Luthra.