Users may approve or oppose the new policy, but they cannot opt out of sharing their data with other Facebook-owned or third-party apps.
The case has been adjourned until April 20 by a bench consisting of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh.
According to the affidavit, the IT Rules place a slew of duties on a corporation with regards to the protection of data gathered in the course of its operations.
The affidavit, filed through advocate Kirtiman Singh, said, “The Union has discharged this obligation by introducing the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha. Upon enactment, this law will provide a robust regime on data protection which will limit the ability of entities such as Respondent No. 2 issuing privacy policies. which does not align with appropriate standards of security and data protection.”
The petitioners are requesting that the ministry and WhatsApp give people who use the messaging app the option to opt out of sharing their personal data with the company’s parent company, Facebook, and its other subsidiaries.