Paytm, Uni­comm Claim Vic­tory in Data theft Tus­sle

LE­GAL TAN­GLE Paytm ac­cused the Snapdeal unit of data theft and copyright in­fringe­ment; Delhi HC hear­ing case

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New Delhi | Ben­galuru: Snapdeal unit Uni­com­merce and Paytm are both claim­ing ini­tial vic­to­ries in their le­gal tus­sle in which the lat­ter has ac­cused the for­mer of data theft and copyright in­fringe­ment.

Paytm, a dig­i­tal wal­let which also runs a mo­bile mar­ket­place, in­sisted on Fri­day that the Delhi High Court had passed an or­der favourable to it by mak­ing a key pro­nounce­ment: it be­lieves that the court has in­structed Uni­com­merce — which pro­vides tech­nol­ogy that links dig­i­tal mar­ket­places and mer­chants — not to ac­cess data con­nected with Paytm for it­self. But ac­cord­ing to Uni­com­merce’s in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Thurs­day’s pro­ceed­ings, the court found no ba­sis for Paytm’s al­le­ga­tions. “Uni­com­merce is au­tho­rised by the sellers to ac­cess their data, in or­der to help them im­prove their busi­ness and it does not use the same for it­self. It acts as an in­box, which is pro­vided to sellers,” Ar­chana Sa­hadeva, ad­vo­cate at Singh & Singh Lall & Sethi, rep­re­sent­ing Uni­com­merce, told ET.

“Paytm is, how­ever, claim­ing such in­for­ma­tion as their pro­pri­etary data. Uni­com­merce, on the other hand, is sim­ply a means and mech­a­nism, and there is no manda­tory re­quire­ment for sellers to go through Uni­com­merce. Fur­ther, Uni­com­merce can only ac­cess the sellers’ in­for­ma­tion. It does not have ac­cess to any Paytm pro­pri­etary in­for­ma­tion,” Sa­hadeva said. ET, how­ever, was yet to ex­am­ine the in­terim or­der passed by Jus­tice Vipin Sanghi dated April 21, to ver­ify the claims made by both par­ties.

The next hear­ing of the case is sched­uled for July 11. The Delhi Court also di­rected Uni­com­merce to file a writ­ten state­ment in re­ply to the plaint within two weeks.

The dis­pute spot­lights prob­lems that can arise be­cause of shared ac­cess to data, which is in­creas­ing the lifeblood of the ecom­merce in­dus­try. It also draws at­ten­tion to the raft of dis­putes be­tween in­ter­net com­pa­nies, which are some­times op­er­at­ing in un­charted le­gal wa­ters.

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