The move is voluntary, and WhatsApp says the updated policy will not come into effect until the new Personal Data Protection Bill comes into force.
Senior counsel Harish Salve, appearing for Facebook and WhatsApp, said that the new policy is now on hold.
“The government has asked to shut down the policy. We have said we will not enforce it till the data protection bill is passed. That is open-ended because we don’t know when the Bill is going to come out”, said Harish Salve during the hearing at the Delhi HC.
Salve further clarifies that WhatsApp will not compel people into accepting the policy which the app has tried before.
WhatsApp previously told the users that it would start limiting the functionality within the app if the users don’t accept the new policy. This move was criticized by users all around the globe and was reversed later on.
However, Salve said that WhatsApp would continue to display the update to its users. This means the app will still be trying to reel in more users to accept its policy.
Harish Salve further told the Delhi High Court: “We have said we will not do this [enforce policy] for a while. Suppose the Bill allows me to do it, we will have completely different ramifications”.