Whatsapp is a private app, it’s the discretion of an individual to use it or not: Delhi High Court

The High Court of Delhi held that Whatsapp is a private app and it is the discretion of an individual whether to use the app or not to use it. On the 4th day of January, Whatsapp has updated its policy, making it mandatory for the users to accept the terms and conditions, and on the refusal of the same, the services could be terminated.

The plea was filed for challenging the privacy policy introduced by Whatsapp by Adv. Chaitanya Rohilla. He contends that  Whatsapp shares the information globally. And, where countries like the USA and Europe are offered the opportunity to not accept the said terms and conditions then why not India and demanded an injunction order in that respect.

The Court held that

The single-judge bench of Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva of Delhi High Court in order to look into the matter asked Adv. Rohilla about his grievance and also advised him that the individual who doesn’t want to agree to the terms and conditions can disagree and discontinue the use of the same. The armor of showing a true picture from the side of Whatsapp was given on the shoulders of Adv. Kapil Sibbal. And, the contention on their part was quite simple in which they left the option on the person to use the business app or not.

Concluding the petition the court contended that the court is of opinion that Mr. Adv Rohilla has not gone through with the policies. And, he will surprise to see that to what conditions he has given his consent. Agreeing to the policies is a voluntary act. The app has not put any compulsory condition on the non-users. And, it completely one’s own will to use the app or not. The case is listed by the Hon’ble judge on the 25th of January.
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