While refusing to issue a notice to WhatsApp, the bench asked the petitioner that every other mobile app has similar terms and conditions, therefore, how does WhatsApp prejudice him
"It is not mandatory to download WhatsApp on your mobile and it is voluntary. If you want to choose not to download WhatsApp, you can," a single bench of Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said.
Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma, who was appearing for the Centre, informed the court that the government has sought WhatsApp's response on the issue. He also said that the government is concerned about the way in which Indian users are being treated differently than the European users of the platform.
While refusing to issue a notice to WhatsApp, the bench asked the petitioner that every other mobile app has similar terms and conditions, therefore, how does the Facebook-owned messaging platform prejudice him.
Concerned about the safety of their individual data, consumers have been moving to other apps like Signal and Telegram despite repeated clarification from WhatsApp that the personal chats of users are encrypted and safe.
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