Privateness Coverage: HC extends time to FB, WhatsApp to answer CCI notices

The Delhi Excessive Court docket on Monday prolonged the time for submitting replies by Fb and WhatsApp to 2 notices issued by the Competitors Fee of India (CCI), which has ordered a probe into the brand new privateness coverage of the moment messaging app.

WhatsApp and Fb have challenged the CCI’s notices dated June 4 and eight, 2021, respectively, asking them to offer sure info for questioning.

A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh noticed that the Knowledge Safety Invoice is but to be finalized and therefore, adjourned the proceedings until March 30.

The courtroom was listening to appeals by Fb and WhatsApp, difficult a single-judge order dismissing their petitions towards the CCI’s order to probe into WhatsApp’s new privateness coverage.

Until then the notices issued by the CCI to the appellants (Fb and WhatsApp), on June 4 and June 8 final yr, have been prolonged the time for submitting replies, the bench stated.

The courtroom had earlier given time to the social media platform to file a reply to the discover and thereafter the time was prolonged.

Senior advocate Harish Salve, representing WhatsApp, submitted that the Knowledge Safety Invoice was launched within the Parliament and the courtroom had earlier given time until October 11, 2021 to file a reply to the discover, however after that it couldn’t be prolonged as The matter was not taken up.

Extra Solicitor Normal Aman Lekhi, showing for the CCI, argued that the Knowledge Safety Invoice is irrelevant to the dispute and the matter isn’t associated to privateness, however to misuse of dominant place with the provisions of the Competitors Act and to look at sure agreements and efficient is said to. standing of an enterprise.

In the meantime, the counsel for Fb India stated that they’ve filed an utility looking for to look as a celebration within the matter. Nevertheless, the courtroom requested them to file a recent petition.

The matter pertains to the appeals of Fb and WhatsApp towards a single decide’s order dismissing their pleas towards the CCI’s investigation into the brand new privateness coverage of the moment messaging app.

A division bench of the Excessive Court docket had issued discover on appeals on Might 6, 2021 and requested the Heart to answer it.

The only decide had on April 22 final yr stated that although it might have been “prudent” for the CCI to await the result of the petitions within the Supreme Court docket and the Delhi Excessive Court docket towards WhatsApp’s new privateness coverage, not doing so “distorted” the regulator’s order. or “need of jurisdiction”.

The courtroom had stated that there is no such thing as a benefit within the petitions of Fb and WhatsApp to intrude within the investigation directed by the CCI.

The CCI had argued earlier than a single decide that it was not investigating the alleged violation of privateness of people, which is being thought of by the Supreme Court docket.

It had argued earlier than the courtroom that WhatsApp’s new privateness coverage would result in extreme knowledge assortment and “chasing” customers to focused promoting to herald extra customers and therefore is an alleged abuse of dominant place.

WhatsApp and Fb had challenged the CCI’s order to look at the brand new privateness coverage on March 24, 2021.

In January final yr, CCI determined to look into the brand new privateness coverage of WhatsApp based mostly on information stories about the identical.

(Solely the title and picture of this report might have been reworked by Enterprise Commonplace workers; the remainder of the content material is generated routinely from a syndicated feed.)

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