In view of the public interest, Delhi High Court challenged the WhatsApp private policy change.
For people who are not aware, the WhatsApp is now going to share the users’ private data in the Facebook henceforth. The Court argues that the WhatsApp ‘s terms are tricky and it is difficult for a common man to understand its terms and conditions. The court has also sought the help of TRAI and DOT, in the same issue.
Here are some of the issues:
The private policy of the company has your mobile number, your contacts, pictures etc. From now on there can be misuse of this information to send ads or updates on your mobile without your consent.
Think about all the marketing ads you will be forced to go through inspite of not being interested in any of them
Some people have already attached their mobile numbers with Facebook. There is a way out though. It is conditional. The condition is the information will be used anyhow. However it will be used to the minimum.
Another issue is that WhatsApp says that it doesn’t store the sent messages. Yet, the policy states that your messages can be used by Facebook.
The statement given by WhatsApp which says “Facebook will not use your WhatsApp messages for any purpose other than to assist us in operating and providing our services.” is a bit confusing.