The instant messaging platform considers 15 May as the new deadline to accept the policy
The Delhi High Court has assigned 19 April for the next hearing on the issue. A single-judge Bench of Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva asked the Centre to file a status report and listed the matter for 19 April. Delhi Hight Court agreed to delay the issue in order to give the government time to respond to the matter.
The Centre was represented by advocate Kirtiman Singh who told the Court that the government is in process of obtaining certain clarification and they need time to consider it. He further added that the Supreme Court has already issued a notice on a similar application relating to WhatsApp's updated policy.
The central government is working on a data protection bill. The government is also seeking inputs from WhatsApp in regard to the new data protection bill. However, the centre claims that it is concerned about the way in which Indian users are not being given the option to choose.
According to the petitioner lawyer, Manohar Lal the government has brought a data protection bill but the bill was never implemented.