According to reports, advocate Chaitanya Rohilla has filed a petition in the Delhi High Court against WhatsApp by accusing the messaging service of violating the Right to Privacy and threatens national security. In his plea, Rohilla said that the level of insight into a person's private and personal activities is done without any government oversight at present or regulatory supervision. The reports say that the advocate has sought an injunction order from the high court prohibiting WhatsApp from enforcing its policy.
The petition has also demanded WhatsApp to refrain from sharing its information with any third party or Facebook for any purpose. The advocate further stated in his plea that the sharing of information is illegal because WhatsApp can only share information for purposes that are reasonably linked to what the information was provided for. The advocate said that if WhatsApp is going to share user data with Facebook, then the data being integrated would mean that the user is perpetually under the surveillance of the Facebook group of companies.
In its recent policy, WhatsApp said that the messaging service may share user information with its family of companies to facilitate, support, and integrate their activities and improve the services. However, the reports say that the information that WhatsApp automatically collects from users will now be shared with Facebook, including phone number, and other information the user provides and along with that WhatsApp will also share the details of the users including location, IP address, profile picture, status, and device information.
The controversial policy had led many Indians to uninstall WhatsApp and switch to similar applications like Signal and Telegram. As WhatsApp had witnessed the unprecedented plunge, the Facebook-owned company has issued a clarification in its bid to save the Indian market in which it has said that change in its recently revised policy doesn't affect the privacy of messages with friends or family and claimed that the update includes changes related to messaging a business on WhatsApp.
WhatsApp said it wanted to address rumors and asserted that it will continue to protect your private messages with end-to-end encryption. The messaging service said that it could not see the private messages or hear the calls of the users. According to reports, WhatsApp had released a new FAQ on its site that highlights private communication on the application. In its FAQ, the messaging platform said, "Neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can read your messages or hear your calls with your friends, family, and co-workers on WhatsApp. Whatever you share, it stays between you".