WHATSAPP CAN’T SHARE USER DATA WITH FB BEFORE SEPT 25: DELHI HC
The court order came on a petition challenging WhatsApp’s announcement in August that it would start sharing users’ account information such as phone number with parent company Facebook, marking a notable shift in its policy on privacy.
The two Delhi-based petitioners alleged that WhatsApp’s decision compromises the rights of its users.
Hearing the petitions, a bench headed by chief justice G Rohini directed the messaging service not to share any user data collected till September 25, 2016, with Facebook or any other related company.
The messaging app, which Facebook acquired in 2014, gave users a 30-day period to choose if they wanted to share information with the social network or opt out before the old policy expires on September 25.
The WhatsApp data will help Facebook push relevant advertisements and make friend recommendations. WhatsApp, which has more than 1 billion users worldwide, sought to reassure people that it won’t share user information with advertisers and doesn’t retain data on its servers once an account is deleted, not many were convinced.