In midst of growing criticism over new privacy policies, WhatsApp had filed a petition in the Delhi High court against it. In its petition, WhatsApp had alleged that most applications and websites have similar policies and collect even more data than WhatsApp does. The Facebook-owned messaging app had named companies including Zomato, BigBasket, Ola, Koo, Truecaller, Aarogya Setu and accused all of them of collecting more users’ data.
In the affidavit filed by the company in the Delhi HC, WhatsApp has cited the privacy policies of other tech companies including Zomato, Ola, BigBasket, Koo and government’s Aarogya Setu app. The application reviewed by Inc42 also cites US-based tech companies such as Microsoft, Google, Zoom and Republic TV’s website, Republic World, to prove its point.
“A review of the privacy policies of many internet-based applications and websites confirms that such policies include provisions describing the information they may collect that are similar to — and in many cases much broader than — those in the 2021 update,” the company wrote in its response.