WhatsApp will share old data with Facebook, says won’t comply with Delhi HC order
So, WhatsApp has decided to defy an Indian higher court’s order by refusing to comply with its ruling. Two teenagers had managed a partial victory against Facebook owned WhatsApp, when the Delhi High Court ruled that WhatsApp would have to delete data of users opting to disable their WA app and profile by 25th Sept.
WhatsApp, the mobile messaging service app, which offers end-to-end encryption of messages and multiple features for protecting conversations has announced that it is going to share information with its parent company, Facebook as planned, thereby going against a Delhi High Court order that had restricted it to share user data collected up to September 25, 2016 with the social media giant.
The ruling also mentions asking the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to consult whether messaging apps need regulation in the country.
“We are, therefore, of the view that it is always open to the existing users of WhatsApp, who do not want their information to be shared with Facebook, to opt for deletion of their account,” it had observed.
“The ruling has no impact on the planned policy and terms of service updates,” WhatsApp spokesperson Anne Yeh was quoted as saying in a statement on Thursday.
This isn’t the first time that WhatsApp has to deal with government officials on the matter. Recently, Hambourg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information of Germany had ordered Facebook to stop collecting user data from WhatsApp and to delete any information it had already gathered. Predictably, WhatsApp has also refused to comply with their requests, and said it will appeal against the court order.
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