Big Update: Setback for WhatsApp, Facebook as Delhi HC rejects appeal against CCI probe

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Big Update: Setback for WhatsApp, Facebook as Delhi HC rejects appeal against CCI probe

In a blow to WhatsApp and its parent firm, Facebook, on Thursday a division bench of the Delhi High Court dismissed their appeals against a single judge’s order rejecting their challenge to a probe ordered by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) into the messaging platform’s updated privacy policy of 2021.

A bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad said the single judge’s order was well-reasoned and the appeals were devoid of merits. In April last year, a single judge bench of the high court had refused to interdict the investigation directed by the CCI on petitions moved by WhatsApp and Facebook, now Meta platforms.

In January last year, the CCI on its own had decided to look into WhatsApp’s updated privacy policy based on news reports regarding the same.

WhatsApp had argued before the division bench that the CCI cannot look into a policy that has been kept in abeyance, awaiting the fate of the Data Protection Bill and the decision of the Supreme Court and the high court on issues concerning its legality.

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had argued there was no prima facie material in the case against it and the CCI cannot investigate it in a “creeping fashion”. the of

The CCI, however, had contended that its investigation into the new privacy policy should be allowed to proceed as the policy has not been withdrawn and there is no scope for the inquiry to overlap with Supreme Court proceedings pertaining to issues of alleged infringement of user privacy.

The CCI had said its probe concerned WhatsApp’s anti-competitive sharing of user data with Fb and not issues concerning the privacy law.

t had also defended the probe against Fb in connection with WhatsApp’s privacy policy, saying the former being the holding company of the messaging platform can “potentially exploit the data being shared”.

Before the single judge, WhatsApp and Facebook had challenged the CCI’s March 2021 order directing the probe against them.

Dismissing the petitions, the single judge had said although it would have been “prudent” for the CCI to await the outcome of the petitions in the Supreme Court and Delhi High Court against the policy, not doing so would not make the regulator’s order “perverse” or “wanting of jurisdiction”.

On January 3, while dealing with the appeals against the single-judge order, a bench headed by then Chief Justice DN Patel extended the time to file replies by Fb and WhatsApp to two CCI notices of June 2021, asking them to furnish certain information for the purpose of the inquiry conducted by it.

Setback for WhatsApp

Is Facebook connected to WhatsApp?

WhatsApp is one of the Fb Companies. The Faceboook Companies include, among others, Faceboook, Fb Technologies, and WhatsApp, and together offer the Fb Company Products.

Is WhatsApp no longer Facebook?

WhatsApp rebrands itself to show it is an app owned by Meta, not Fb

How do I connect WhatsApp to Fb?

Open the product page on Facebook, tap > More Options. Tap the WhatsApp icon. Select the person or group you’d like to share the product page with. Tap the send button or Next.

How can I add WhatsApp on my Fb page 2022?

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Required steps to add WhatsApp business number on the Facebook Page:

  1. Step 1: Log in to Account. …
  2. Step 2: Visit Settings. …
  3. Step 3: From the left Panel, locate ‘WhatsApp. …
  4. Step 4: Enter the WhatsApp Number Details. …
  5. Step 5: Verify WhatsApp Business Number. …
  6. Step 6: Add the Button.

Did Facebook Buy WhatsApp?

Facebook purchased WhatsApp in 2014. Facebook’s bid price was astronomical, even for Silicon Valley, with a bid at $16 billion. WhatsApp does not use wireless networks. WhatsApp has over 2 billion users worldwide.

Why is WhatsApp shutting down?

Janardhan explained that the shutdown occurred due to disruption to network traffic. “Our engineering teams have learned that configuration changes on the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centers caused issues that interrupted this communication,” Janardhan wrote.

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