What WhatsApp had to say on the matter?
WhatsApp stated that regulations are still in their places and they don’t have access to any data as the social networking giant provides end-to-end encryption to its users.
Siddarth Luthra who is the senior advocate handling the case for WhatsApp stated “ There are government regulations in place and the application does not share users private messages, contents, photos or data with Facebook. WhatsApp only shares a users name and the phone number with Facebook. WhatsApp does not have access to any data as it provides end-to-end encryption. We only have access to the persons name and number which is also obtained by online consent. We are abiding by the central governments regulations for messenger apps. We are not dealing with sensitive information at all, If any of the user wants to opt out of the new policy, he/she cannot be forced to not choose that option”.
Looking at the severity of the matter high Court guided WhatsApp to file a short affidavit before September 20 explaining the factual position with regard to the concerns raised in the petition filed against them.