Social media platforms Facebook and Whatsapp have received a major setback from the Delhi High Court on Thursday, 22 April. The Delhi High Court has rejected a petition by the social media platform in which an appeal was made against the order of CCI, the country’s competition regulator. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) ordered an inquiry against the new privacy rules of WhatsApp against which Facebook WhatsApp had moved the Delhi High Court.
The court said that there is no basis in the petition of Facebook and WhatsApp that the direction of the Competition Commission of India (CCI) be stayed.
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CCI ordered on 24 March
The CCI ordered an inquiry against the new privacy rules of WhatsApp on 24 March. According to the Competition Commission, the way in which WhatsApp will share the data of Facebook with other companies, it is not completely transparent, besides it is not voluntary based and no special consent is being taken from the users. Due to all these concerns, the Competition Commission reached a conclusion after 60 days and ordered an inquiry on 24 March.
Facebook WhatsApp argues, case pending in Supreme Court
In its petition filed in the Delhi High Court against the order given by CCI, social media sites had argued that the matter is already pending in the Supreme Court and the High Court. In such a situation, Facebook WhatsApp said that when the matter is already pending in the court, then CCI should not order an inquiry on it. However, CCI said that the matter that has come before it is related to data sharing, data collection and targeted advertising.