The judges asked WhatsApp to completely delete information of users who do not want to remain on its platform and not to share any information with Facebook after their accounts are deleted. It also said that the service shouldn't share information of existing WhatsApp users with Facebook until September 25.
The court also said that even for users who choose not to opt out of the service, WhatsApp can only share data collected after September 25 with Facebook. This means that even for users who have accepted the company's new terms and conditions, the data collected over the previous years cannot be shared.
The Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF), which advocates a free and open Internet, had hailed the Delhi High Court's decision. IFF had said in a statement that cases like these "demonstrate the lack of an institutional mechanism to protect user privacy and provide a remedy to citizens. In the absence of substantive clarity and a process to enforce it, people are constrained to file public interest petitions which remain ad-hoc remedies."
The issue of regulating messaging platforms such as WhatsApp, Hike, Viber and others has been a part of an ongoing debate in the country since past year.
In 2015, a government panel on net neutrality had recommended regulating such apps. However, this was met with massive protests from internet activists.
Source:-The Times of India