WhatsApp Faces India’s First Legal Challenge Over Privacy By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: A WhatsApp logo is displayed on a T-shirt worn by a representative of WhatsApp-Reliance Jio during a campaign by the two companies to educate users, outside Kolkata.

By Sankalp Phartiyal NEW DELHI (Reuters) – WhatsApp’s updated privacy policy borders on user surveillance and threatens India’s security, a petition filed in an Indian court said Thursday, presenting another legal challenge for the owned messenger. California-based Facebook (NASDAQ 🙂 Inc. WhatsApp said on January 4 that it reserved the right to share some data, including location and phone number, with Facebook and its units, such as Instagram and Messenger. That sparked outrage, even in its largest market, India, where it has 400 million users. The change has also faced a challenge in Turkey with the country’s Competition Board this week launching an investigation into the courier and its parent. In India, many users have started installing rival apps like Signal and Telegram, pushing WhatsApp to start a costly ad campaign to appease customers. “It practically gives a 360-degree profile to a person’s online activity,” lawyer Chaitanya Rohilla said of the new WhatsApp policy in the petition to the Delhi High Court. ‘BROWBEATING’ A copy of the petition, seen by Reuters, said that WhatsApp was endangering national security by sharing, transmitting and storing user data in another country with information governed by foreign laws. “WhatsApp has mocked our fundamental right to privacy,” he said. WhatsApp has given users a February 8 deadline to accept the new terms. “This type of arbitrary behavior and intimidation cannot be accepted in a democracy and is completely ‘ultra vires’ (beyond its powers) and against the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution of India,” the petition adds. It will be heard by the Delhi High Court on Friday. WhatsApp did not respond to a request for comment. Previously, he said that the policy update does not affect the privacy of messages with friends and family, as group chats are encrypted and the changes only relate to interactions with companies.

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