hiddenSep 23, 2016 17:18:47 IST
The court also directed the government to consider the issue of functioning of instant messaging apps such as WhatsApp and take an appropriate decision as to whether it is feasible to bring them under the statutory regulatory framework.
The court's order came on a PIL which said privacy of the users was threatened by the new policy announced by Facebook, which now owns the mobile messaging service.
WhatsApp has maintained that it does not retain information of its users on its servers once the account has been deleted by the user.
Petitioners' advocate Pratibha M. Singh had opposed WhatsApp's submission saying that user information continues to be retained for a longer period of time even after it is deleted.