"Government has asked to shut down the policy. We have said we will not enforce it till Data Protection Bill comes out," senior advocate Harish Salve told the high court. "That (enforcement of policy) is open-ended because we don't know when the DP Bill is going to come out...We have said we will not do this for a while. Suppose the Bill allows me to do it, we will have completely different ramifications," Salve said.
WhatsApp's submission is a u-turn from its previous position on May 10 when it said that users who do not consent to the messaging app's policy update will slowly lose functionality of the app.
"We are still trying to persuade consumers but if they don't accept slowly, these accounts will be deleted," senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who was representing WhatsApp at the time, had told the high court on May 17.
Will either roll-back or shut shop: WhatsApp to HC
In the present plea, Salve told the high court that if the Parliament did not permit the new policy, WhatsApp would either roll it back or shut shop in India.
"The commitment is that I will not do anything till the parliamentary law comes. Obviously then if parliamentary law comes, you must fit within that law. If Parliament allows me to have a separate policy for India, I will have it. If it does not allow me, then bad luck. I will then have to take a call," Salve told the bench led by Chief Justice DN Patel.
Updated On: 2021-07-09T15:37:57+05:30