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Delhi HC dismisses WhatsApp, Facebook petitions challenging CCI investigation into messaging app’s new privacy

Delhi HC dismisses WhatsApp, Facebook petitions challenging CCI investigation into messaging app's new privacy policy

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: WhatsApp and Facebook have got a big setback from the Delhi High Court. The investigation of CCI i.e. Competition Commission of India will continue regarding the new privacy policy of WhatsApp. Double Bench of Delhi High Court has dismissed the application of Facebook and WhatsApp against the CCI investigation. The bench of Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad on Thursday while dismissing both appeals moved by Whatsapp and Facebook refused to further extend the stay granted on notices issued to messaging apps by CCI.

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Let us tell you that earlier the Single Bench had also rejected the petition of both. Against this, WhatsApp and Facebook had applied before the double bench of the High Court. Actually, in the new privacy policy of WhatsApp, users can share data with Facebook and its other companies. CCI believes that such data will give Facebook an unreasonable edge over other companies and keep it ahead of the competition. CCI is investigating about this.

What is the matter?

In fact, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) had ordered an inquiry into WhatsApp’s updated privacy policy of 2021, which was challenged. A single judge bench of the High Court had in April last year refused to stay the CCI’s order of inquiry on the petitions of WhatsApp LLC and Facebook Inc (now META). In January last year, the CCI ordered an inquiry into WhatsApp’s new privacy policy, which was opposed by both WhatsApp and Facebook.

Actually, many apprehensions were raised about the new privacy policy of WhatsApp. It was feared that this policy may leak important information of users through WhatsApp. However, WhatsApp said that the privacy policy will not harm any common user and all the information under this will remain confidential.

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