In the petition filed before the court, Sareen and Sethi questioned the proposed new policy of sharing data with Facebook. The bench comprising of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal directed WhatsApp to file an affidavit after its lawyer, Siddharth Luthra, disclosed that the servers did not retain any form of data except the username and phone number of the users.
WhatsApp denies sharing of content with Facebook
In his argument, Luthra revealed that there is no question of messages, photographs or documents getting shared with Facebook. Technically, WhatsApp has no access to the content posted by its users. Meanwhile, the information about other users with whom they establish contact would be shared with Facebook after September 25.
WhatsApp asks users to quit if not interested
Luthra, meanwhile, made a counter attack by stating that a user can quit WhatsApp at any time if the user did not wish to allow information sharing with Facebook. Since the joining of WhatsApp is voluntary, the relevant user can opt out in the same way.
TRAI declines to intervene
It remains to be seen as to what stand WhatsApp takes when the issue will come up for hearing. We are also eager to know about the contents of the proposed affidavit. In all probability, WhatsApp will strongly defend the stand taken by the company.