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Delhi High Court reserves order on and Facebook plea against CCI

On Monday, the Delhi High court has reserved its order on pleas by social media applications WhatsApp and Facebook against Competition Commission of India notice.

WhatsApp and Facebook registered the plea asking the High Court to stay the notice issues by CCI on June 4th against the messaging applications. Some information regarding the new privacy policy has been sought by the commission. The court said that it did not want to get into the merits of the case as it was a vacation bench sitting. The plea in question is a fresh application on the pending case filed by the concerned messaging apps where they challenged CCI. On March 24, CCI directed a probe into the controversial new privacy policy of WhatsApp. The Additional Solicitor General stated that there wasn’t any threat for WhatsApp until the submission of the inquiry report with the CCI.

Delhi High Court reserves order on and Facebook plea against CCI

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The new privacy policy of WhatsApp was imposed on May 15. The popular messaging app has repeatedly clarified that the new pricey policy does not compromise privacy and no account would be deleted for not accepting it.

This February, the Government of India announced the ‘Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021′ which would keep a bigger oversight on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. It would also bring the digital streaming platforms under stricter regulations.  This act is being criticised as the new rules would require the social media platforms to take down contents which the government deems to be unlawful. It can also ask the platforms to track down the ‘first originator’ of content whenever they want. The main concern among the public is that these would regulations interfere with an individual’s privacy. Digital publishers already face often backlash and restrictions under Article 19.

The executive doesn’t have the power bestowed upon it by the Constitution to judge the suitability of certain content. The danger it poses to the freedom of speech and the Right to Privacy is indeed concerning.

Subhangee Guha

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