A Bench headed by Chief Justice G. Rohini also directed that “so far as users who opt to remain on WhatsApp are concerned, their existing information/ data/ details up to September 25, 2016, shall not be shared with Facebook or any group companies”.
Bound by policy
Declining to tell WhatsApp to give an option of “do not share’’ to its users, the Bench said such users can any time delete their accounts.
It, however, directed the Centre and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to “consider issues regarding functions of Internet Messaging Applications like WhatsApp and take an appropriate decision at the earliest as to whether it is feasible to bring the same under a statutory regulatory framework”.
They had said the new policy would result in changing the most valuablefeature of WhatsApp i.e. complete privacy of details and data of its users. They had demanded an option of “do not share” for users who did not wish to share information with Facebook.
WhatsApp has clarified that only information of a user and not data will be shared with Facebook. It says undelivered messages are deleted from its server in 30 days.
However, information of a user does not get deleted from its server on mere deletion of WhatsApp from the device, the user has to delete the account using in-app system.