The petition demands the High Court to stop the new policy of WhatsApp with immediate effect.
Advocate Chaitanya Rohilla, in his petition, stated that updates of new policies of the company are a threat to the privacy of the users. Right to privacy has been declared a fundamental right by the Supreme Court.
Facebook is the parent company of WhatsApp.
"This level of insight into a person's private and personal activities is done without any government oversight at present or regulatory supervision. Moreover, in the absence of a data protection authority, it leaves the users with a company's assurances and privacy policies," the plea states.
The petitioner has also sought a direction upon the Central Government to exercise of its powers under Section 79 (2) (c) read with Section 87 (2) (zg) of the
Information Technology Act and ensure that WhatsApp does not share any data of its users with any third party or Facebook and its companies for any purpose whatsoever.
Meanwhile, WhatsApp has released a clarification stating that "your privacy won't be affected if you don’t use the two optional features". However, it has mentioned that any chats with businesses will be shared with Facebook and ads will be shown based on these chats.