A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh postponed the matter for another hearing on April 20. The court is set to hear the case again on April 28.
Ever since the policy was made public, there had been concerns WhatsApp planned to share data with its parent company Facebook leading to various allegations on the platform. WhatsApp strictly maintained its stand that neither Facebook nor WhatsApp could see private messages on WhatsApp, which were end-to-end encrypted. While the messaging service had introduced a deadline of January 8 initially, it was pushed back following the tremendous backlash.
WhatsApp is also facing trouble over the nationwide rollout of its payment service, contending with guidelines that could require it to break its encryption to identify originators of unlawful messages on its platform.