WhatsApp was ordered by a bench of Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, to delete data of users who don’t agree with WhatsApp’s Policy changes before September 25. The company was also told to not disclose the collected information on all users, before the aforementioned date, to its parent company- Facebook.
The issue came to light when 2 Indian students, Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi, voiced their concern regarding privacy issues. Last month, WhatsApp announced- they will start sharing some of its users’ account information with its parent company Facebook. The company said that it will use this information to “improve experience across [...] services” and “fight spam and abuse.”
The company said that “nothing you share on WhatsApp, including your messages, photos, and account information, will be shared onto Facebook or any of the Facebook family of apps for others to see.” A WhatsApp council appeared in front of Delhi High Court earlier this month and clarified that WhatsApp wasn’t going to share users’ personal chat with Facebook.
"Having regard to the complete security and protection of privacy provided by Respondent 2 (WhatsApp) initially while launching Whatsapp and keeping in view that the issue relating to the existence of an individual's right of privacy as a distinct basis of a cause of action is yet to be decided by a larger bench of Supreme Court, we consider it appropriate to issue the following directions to protect interest of users of WhatsApp," the bench said according to news agency PTI.
Currently, India is one of WhatsApp’s largest markets with over 100 million monthly active users. But their future privacy will be going through severe scrutiny, for the public’s best interests.