Representing WhatsApp, senior Advocate Harish Salve tells Delhi HC that Whatsapp has responded to MEITY's notice seeking a response. "WhatsApp will not limit functionality for some time and continue to show users the updated until Data Protection Bill comes into force", he added.
However, this saw various complaints, all of which said that WhatsApp's privacy policies were harmful to the privacy and interests of Indians.
Facebook and WhatsApp responded to complaints, but the company had already taken steps to halt the rollout.
The rollout of the new policy announced in January raised concerns that user data would be shared with Facebook. WhatsApp later clarified that this data was not being shared with Facebook, and that the new policy would only affect messages sent on business accounts.
WhatsApp also confirmed that chats between individuals are end to end encrypted and can not even be read by the messaging platform, or shared with others. It also added that WhatsApp calls are similarly encrypted and can not be listened to either.
It's not clear whether the legal cases in India had any impact on WhatsApp's decision or if it changed course because of user pushback around the world.