A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh issued notice to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and WhatsApp seeking their stand on the plea by March.
Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Chetan Sharma, who appeared for the ministry, told the bench that a similar matter was pending before a single judge to whom the government has said that it was contemplating and has also asked for information from WhatsApp.
The plea has sought a direction to WhatsApp to withdraw its new policy or in the alternative provide an option to the users, including those who have already agreed to it, to opt-out of the same, and also sought a direction to the government to formulate social media intermediary guidelines.
The move has faced massive backlash globally, with WhatsApp having a huge market in India, millions of users were reported switching to other messaging apps like Signal and Telegram.
The status messages read "One thing that isn't new is our commitment to your privacy," along with a reminder that "WhatsApp can't read or listen to your conversations as they're end-to-end encrypted."