In a stunning flip of occasions, the Competitors Fee of India (CCI) informed the Delhi Excessive Court docket that the brand new privateness coverage launched by WhatsApp early this 12 months might result in extreme knowledge assortment and stalking of shoppers for focused promoting.
Justice Navin Chawla of the Delhi Excessive Court docket stated that the CCI order seems to be involved with WhatsApp customers’ privateness points, in response to the trade watchdog’s stand. CCI has maintained that it was not inspecting any alleged violations of people’ privateness, because the Supreme Court docket of India is investigating the matter individually.
At present, the Delhi Excessive Court docket is listening to a plea filed by WhatsApp and Fb to maintain the CCI’s order of directing an investigation into the brand new privateness coverage at arm’s size. Senior advocate Harish Salve appeared for WhatsApp within the Excessive Court docket and argued that the competitors regulator has “jumped the gun” by ordering the investigation.
In his defence, he cited two causes to again his arguments. Firstly, he stated that the 2021 replace doesn’t change WhatsApp’s privateness coverage. “The coverage is just not altered and is barely an amplification of current privateness coverage. The competitors regulator couldn’t have ordered an investigation on this challenge for the reason that excessive courtroom and Supreme Court docket are already listening to instances on it,” he stated.
Secondly, he argued that for the reason that Excessive Court docket and the Supreme Court docket are already listening to comparable instances, the CCI can’t order a separate investigation on the identical challenge. Senior advocate Aman Lekhi appeared for CCI. He cleared within the courtroom that the trade watchdog is trying on the competitors side and never on the privateness violation of a person. He stated that there isn’t any query of jurisdictional error, including that the pleas had been “incompetent and misconceived”.