Delhi HC orders WhatsApp to delete User Data in India
Recently the Delhi High Court asked WhatsApp to delete all data of the people who have deleted the app from their phone. This direction of the High Court of Delhi strengthens the privacy in favor of the citizens.
Previously there had been a debate whether it is important to make privacy regulations stricter or not. Keeping in line with the same concerns, the court asked TRAI to decide whether messaging apps should be regulated or not. If this regulation is maintained then it will be in favor of the privacy of the citizens.
It must not be ignored that recently there was a big security hack in WhatsApp leading to leakage of chats. This meant that anyone could read anyone’s chat by just adding the victim’s phone number on the hack. Incidents like this increase the privacy concerns even more.
Why was the case with the HC anyway?
But it is a given that after 25th September, Facebook and WhatsApp will share user information with each other, which has raised many to question the privacy issues that this will bring forth.
How will this decision of HC affect the future?
This decision of the HC has many people react in many ways. Many have stated the truth when they have said how this will affect the policy –
- It will create a concern among people that in future their privacy might face a threat. That their data can be shared with Facebook via WhatsApp will be known.
How will this judgment be effective?
As per the court’s directions, WhatsApp will have to remove any information regarding the person in their database. They will have to completely remove this information and not share them with Facebook or any third party before doing so. This should be done if the person has deactivated and removed their account from the App.
Also, the court said that the messaging app couldn’t share any information of individuals with Facebook before 25th September. So those who want not to share their information with Facebook can delete their account on the app until 25th September.
What does WhatsApp really do with your information?
WhatsApp says that it does not usually retain all the information or messages on its servers even after the accounts are deleted, but it only does so in some special cases. It said that it does so only if the information could improve performance. For example, if people are sharing a photo or a video, WhatsApp will hold that information on their servers for a long time.
They have also said that if a user does not press “delete my account” on their app before uninstalling it, such information may be held inside for a long time.
A few more things –
|1||IFF stands for||Internet Freedom Foundation|
|2||Chairman of TRAI||RS Sharma|
|3||WhatsApp acquired by Facebook on||2014|