Social networking platform WhatsApp on Wednesday told Delhi High Court that on deletion of user account, the information of that person is no longer retained on its servers.
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After hearing arguments on behalf of the petitioners and the social networking platform, the bench said it will “pass an order” on September 23. Senior advocate Pratibha M Singh, appearing for petitioners Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi, told the court that while WhatsApp claims in its affidavit that it does not retain messages, the company has contradicted itself by saying it can keep the messages for a longer period of time to improve performance.
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In its first revised modification on August 25, 2016, Respondents (WhatsApp, Facebook Inc and Facebook India Online Pvt Ltd) have introduced this policy which severely compromises the rights of its users and makes the privacy rights of users completely vulnerable”. The new policy, which comes into force on September 25, has sought to change the “most valuable, basic and essential feature” of WhatsApp, which commenced operations in 2010, by “unilaterally threatening to take away the protection of privacy of details and data of its users and sharing the same with Facebook and all its group companies including for the purpose of commercial advertising and marketing.”
The plea sought direction to prohibit WhatsApp, Facebook Inc and Facebook India Online Pvt Ltd from sharing, in any manner, the details and data of every kind of subscribers with any entity, including Facebook or its family of companies.