The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 was being deliberated upon by a Joint Parliamentary Committee which is expected to submit its report on the bill in the next session of Parliament.
“We replied to a [IT Ministry] notice saying that WhatsApp will not limit functionality for some time and continue to show users the updated version [of the app],” Salve said during the hearing.
“We will maintain this approach until the data protection bill comes into force. We have voluntarily agreed to put the update on hold till then,” he added.
However, Additional Solicitor General Aman Lekhi, who was appearing for the CCI was not amused at WhatsApp’s submission.
The court has listed the matter for July 30.