Since WhatsApp announced that it would be sharing some user data, including phone numbers, with Facebook, the app has come in for some serious critisism for undermining consumer privacy in India. These changes were made under the guise of cutting down on spam and improving services, but a good portion of users remain unconvinced.
Days after the policy change, two students approached the Delhi High Court, claiming that the changes compromise the privacy and rights of the 100 million users in the country. This caused the High Court to step in and demand that WhatsApp not use data held on users who opted out of data sharing before September 25th. However, the company claims that “the ruling has no impact on the planned policy and terms of service updates”.