The government has asked the Delhi High Court (HC) to restrain WhatsApp from implementing its new privacy policy in the country.

According to the government, WhatsApp’s new privacy policy violates India’s Information Technology (IT) Rules, 2011, on five counts. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), in an affidavit, said WhatsApp’s new policy fails to specify types of personal data being collected; fails to notify user details of the collection of sensitive personal information; provide an option to review or amend the information; provide an option to withdraw consent retrospectively and guarantee further non-disclosure by third parties.

The government filed the affidavit in response to the petition in the HC against WhatsApp’s privacy policy.

The next date of hearing the matter is April 20, 2021.