The Centre also claimed that WhatsApp’s current notifications to existing and new users are in violation of the “very grain of prima facie opinion of the Competition Commission of India’s order” of March 24.
The government has demanded that the new policy be scrapped completely.
WhatsApp filed a lawsuit in Delhi high court on May 26 alleging that the requirement for them to adopt features like traceability for identifying message originators violated their right to privacy under Indian law and the company’s end-to-end encryption policy.
WhatsApp claimed that the traceability provision was “unconstitutional and in violation of people’s fundamental right to privacy,” citing the 2017 Justice K S Puttaswamy vs Union of India judgement.
WhatsApp responded to the case by calling it an “act of defiance” and a “unfortunate attempt to delay the implementation of the guidelines.”
It also stated that the government will only seek information in cases of serious crimes or in the interest of national security, and that WhatsApp’s usual operation will not be affected. None of India’s planned measures would have any effect on WhatsApp’s normal operation, and there would be no impact on ordinary users, according to the government.