By LE Desk
New Delhi, June 3, 2021: The Centre today sent a fresh affidavit to the Delhi high court amid its row with WhatsApp over the compliance of new Information and Technology (IT) guidelines.
The Centre also submitted that the current notifications being pushed by WhatsApp on its users, existing and new ones, is against the “very grain of prima facie opinion of the Competition Commission of India’s order” of March 24.
The government has been insisting that the new policy be withdrawn entirely.
On May 26, WhatsApp moved the Delhi high court against the latest IT guidelines claiming that the requirement for them to adopt features such as traceability for identifying originators of messages violated the right to privacy under the Indian law and the company’s end-to-end encryption policy.
Invoking the 2017 Justice K S Puttaswamy vs Union Of India case against the traceability provision, WhatsApp said that it was “unconstitutional and against people’s fundamental right to privacy.”
Responding to the lawsuit, WhatsApp said it was “an act of defiance,” and an “unfortunate attempt to keep the guidelines from coming into effect”.
It also clarified that the government will only seek information in cases of serious crime or are in the interest of national security and the normal functioning of WhatsApp will not be impacted for the users. None of the measures proposed by India will impact the normal functioning of WhatsApp in any manner whatsoever and for the common users, there will be no impact, the Centre had said.