Whatsapp ordered to publish advertisements in national newspapers
The court ordered WhatsApp to publish full-page advertisements in five national newspapers twice over the next month, highlighting this stance. The advertisements must include the information from the May 2021 letter to the government. Despite agreeing to issue the advertisements, WhatsApp and its parent company, Meta, stated that users who want to use both WhatsApp and Facebook will not be able to escape advertisements.
Digital Personal Data Protection Bill
In the top court, Kapil Sibal acted as the senior advocate for WhatsApp and Arvind Datar for Meta. Meanwhile, the petitioners were represented by senior advocates Shyam Divan and K.V. Viswanathan, along with other counsel.
The court was reviewing petitions, including a request by students Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi, challenging the agreement between WhatsApp and its parent company Facebook to share users’ calls, photos, texts, videos, and documents. The petitioners argued that this infringed upon their privacy and freedom of speech
The next hearing is on April 11
The next hearing is scheduled for April 11 and may be postponed until the Digital Personal Data Protection Bill is presented in parliament in March. Lawyers representing the petitioners opposed the postponement, citing similar justifications made in 2017.