A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal also asked WhatsApp not to share with Facebook or other group companies the information and details of users who would opt out of the app, as well as the existing users upto September 25 to protect their interest.
The High Court has said that if a user was worried about their privacy, they could delete their account.
"We are, therefore, of the view that it is always open to the existing users of WhatsApp who do not want their information to be shared with Facebook, to opt for deletion of their account," the court said.
According to the new policy, user information from WhatsaApp will be shared with Facebook. WhatsApp gave users a 30-day period to accept the policy or opt out of it (delete their WhatsApp accounts).
A petition, filed by students Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi, alleged that user information was being retained for a considerable period of time on the platform's server, even after the deletion of accounts, depending upon the popularity of the data.
However, WhatsApp has maintained that only user information such as telephone number, date of birth etc are shared with Facebook and not pictures and other data.
Senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, appearing for Whatsapp, told the Court:
“When a user deletes his or her account, all undelivered messages are deleted from our servers. Everything is gone. If there is some information that a user has shared with another, that remains on the server.”
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