- It fails to specify the types of sensitive user data being collected.
- It fails to notify users of such collection.
- It does not let them review or amend the information.
- It does not allow the withdrawal of consent later.
- It fails to provide any guarantee against non-disclosure to third parties.
In response to the Affidavit, WhatsApp told the Delhi high court that it was conforming with the current Indian IT laws and rules in place and respected users’ privacy for which it has already taken steps such as end-to-end chat data encryption. Additionally, to make its point clearer, it presented another affidavit which names other popular applications in the country like Zomato, Ola, BigBasket, Truecaller, and the government’s own COVID tracking app, Aarogya Setu, which have similar privacy policies.
In response to the petition, Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva had earlier told MeitY that, “It is a private app. Don’t join it. It is a voluntary thing, don’t accept it. Use some other app.” Pointing at other apps like Google Maps, Justice Sachdeva added that even others do it and “you would be surprised as to what all you are consenting to.”