As expected, the faceoff between the Indian government and WhatsApp is intensifying
The government said it has written to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on the issue and a reply is awaited and therefore, there was a need to maintain status quo with regard to implementation of the policy.
The case will be next heard on June 3.
Indian govt under pressure to act against WhatsApp
WhatsApp, for its part, said it was conforming to Indian IT law and won’t be deleting accounts of those users who have not accepted it, and would try to encourage them to get on board.
WhatsApp said there was no specific time limit for it to begin deleting accounts. It said each user would be dealt with it on case-to-case basis.
With there being more than 400 million WhatsApp users in India, there is pressure on the government to implement stricter data privacy rules and restrain the Facebook-owned app as was done while banning Chinese apps to protect the sovereignty of the country.
Facebook and WhatsApp had moved the High Court against the CCI order calling for a Director General (DG) probe to ascertain the full extent, scope and impact of data sharing through involuntary consent of users.