Delhi High Court Adjourns Hearing on WhatsApp’s Updated Privacy Policy

Story Highlights
  • Hearing rescheduled to 31st May
  • WhatsApp and Facebook against CCI investigation order
  • HC and SC in charge of the hearing; no requirement of CCI to order the probe, says the social media firm

New Delhi: The hearing over the petitions WhatsApp and Facebook challenging the CCI order for an investigation was adjourned on Friday. The division Bench of Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh did not assemble today and the matter was adjourned for May 31.  The bench was hearing a batch of matters challenging the new privacy policy of the messaging service.  

Earlier on April 22, the single bench justice Navin Chawla had dismissed Facebook and WhatsApp pleas challenging a CCI order for an investigation into their new privacy policy.

The petitioners had challenged the March 24 order passed by CCI directing a probe, however, the social media giant retaliated stating,” since the issue of WhatsApp’s privacy policy is being heard by the SC and HC therefore, there was no requirement of CCI to order the probe.”

Senior Advocate Harish Salve and Former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi appeared for the petitioners and had told the court that CCI proceedings must be prorogued as the matter is pending before Supreme Court and High Court.

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Aman Lekhi, who represented CCI in the matter, had earlier stated to the court that the matter is not of privacy but access to data.

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