A single-judge Bench of Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva is reported to have asked the Centre to file a status report and listed the matter for April 19.
Advocate Kirtiman Singh, appearing for the Centre, told the Court that the central government is currently in the process of obtaining certain clarification and that they need time to consider it. He added that the Supreme Court has already issued a notice on a similar application relating to WhatsApp’s updated policy.
While users in EU (a region with some of the most strict privacy laws when it comes to internet based companies) were given an option to not come in accordance with WhatsApp’s new rules, users in India were stripped of this option. This infuriated the IT ministry of the country, which sent a stern worded email to the messaging platform, seeking to get the update discarded.
Additionally, the central government is working on a data protection bill and seeking inputs from WhatsApp in regard to it. It revealed that it is concerned about the way in which Indian users are not being given the option to choose.