Under the new policy, users can either accept it or exit the app, but they cannot opt not to share their data with other Facebook-owned or third party apps.
The petitioners have sought directions to the ministry and WhatsApp to ensure that people using the messaging app are given the option to opt-out of sharing their personal data with its parent firm Facebook and its other companies. They have also sought a direction to the ministry to frame guidelines, regulation or rules for safeguarding the privacy of the citizens from all the apps and organisations operating in India which collect user data.
The Centre has also sought a direction to WhatsApp to roll back 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. The petitioners have also sought direction from the government to formulate social media intermediary guidelines.