WHAT­SAPP CAN’T SHARE USER DATA WITH FB BE­FORE SEPT 25: DELHI HC

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Soibam Rocky Singh

NEW DELHI: What­sApp can­not share its old user data with Face­book or any other plat­form, the Delhi high court ruled on Fri­day while al­low­ing the pop­u­lar in­stant mes­sag­ing app to roll out a new pri­vacy pol­icy.

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.

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