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Earlier on April 13, a single bench of Justice Navin Chawla had reserved the order on these 2 petitions after the counsel of all sides concluded their arguments.
However, while reserving its decision, the Delhi HC had observed that the order of the CCI does not reflect an investigation into abuse of dominant position and rather appears to be concerned with privacy issues of consumers. This observation by the court came in response to CCI's stand that it was not examining the alleged violations of individual's privacy which was being looked into by the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, the CCI had also contended that the data collected, which would include an individual's location, the kind of device used, their internet service provider and whom they are conversing with, would lead to the creation of a customer profile and preference which would be monetised by way of targeted advertising and all this amounts to "stalking".
They claimed that the CCI in the instant case has "drifted far away" from the competition aspect and was looking into the privacy issue which was already being looked into by the apex court and the Delhi High Court. The two social media platforms had also told the court that private conversations continued to be protected by end-to-end encryption and WhatsApp cannot read what people message each other.
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