The draft data protection bill proposes to put restrictions on the use of personal information of people without their explicit consent. The items covered by the draft bill on data protection include consent, personal data, exemptions that can be granted, storage restrictions for personal data and individual rights.
“The commitment is that I [WhatsApp] will not do anything if the parliamentary law comes,” Salve said, according to Live Law.
Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, representing WhatsApp’s parent company Facebook, raised doubts on the jurisdiction of the Competition Commission of India to begin the investigation.
After Facebook’s submission, Additional Solicitor General Aman Lekhi, representing the Competition Commission of India, said the body was not enforcing compliance but “as long as policy stands, competition law issues persist”.
During the hearing, WhatsApp asked for two to three weeks to reply to the Competition Commission of India’s notices. The matter was then adjourned till July 30.
However, after facing massive backlash and with millions of users moving to other messaging platforms such as Signal and Telegram, WhatsApp decided to defer the changes to May 15. The company said it will do more to clear misinformation about the policy.