Taking note of the platform’s stand, the bench pointed out that even though the implementation of the policy has been put on hold, it still continues to exist. “You are not implementing it, but the policy is with you and it can come (into force) any day,” it noted.
Salve iterated the latest stand would be maintained till the data protection bill becomes a law. “We have said we won’t enforce it till the bill comes out. If Parliament allows it, we will do it. Commitment is that: I will do nothing till the law comes in. If it doesn’t, bad luck…I’ve taken it off till the law comes into effect. Either we fit in or we don’t”.
The Bill seeks to regulate the use of individual’s data by the government and private companies.
The CCI had earlier told the court that the issue is not of privacy but access to data and the commission wants to deal with what kind of metadata is shared.
After hearing all the sides, the HC adjourned the matter till July 30 by when CCI’s stand would be on record. A single judge on April 22 had said that he saw no merit in the petitions of Facebook and WhatsApp to interdict the investigation directed by the CCI.