- To compromise quality in terms of protection of individualized data and can deem it unnecessary to even retain the users friendly alternative, such as opt out choices without the fear of erosions of its user base having considered the media reports and the potential impact of the policy and terms for WhatsApp users and market the commission in its ordinary meeting held on 19 th of January first decided to take Suo moto cognizance of the matter.Today WhatsApp is one of the most used app all over the world. It has more than two billion users, so if its policy and term of uses get changes then its affecting a quarter of the world’s population.
- WhatsApp, that is those who chat on WhatsApp, that data will be used for marketing on Facebook. Facebook is the owner of the WhatsApp, Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014 and now the data of WhatsApp will be used for those ads which are run on Facebook so that personalized targeting ads can be brought.
MEANING AND DEFINATION OF INSTANT MESSAGING SERVICE
Instant messaging (IM) technology is a type of online chat allowing real time text transmission over the internet or another computer network. Messages are typically transmitted between two or more parties, when each user inputs text and triggers a transmission to the recipient(s), who are all connected on a common network. Instant messaging, often shortened to IM, is the exchange of near real- time messages through a stand-alone application or embedded software. Unlike chat rooms with many users engaging in multiple and overlapping conversations, IM sessions usually take place between two users in a private, back-and-forth style of communication. WhatsApp is an instant messaging app and its provide instant message service to the users. It provide their service to the user fully free of cost and end to end encrypted. There are many apps which provide instant messaging service e.g.; telegram ,signal, snapchat etc. but no one compete with WhatsApp. More instant messaging software include the option for performing file transfer, audio chat , video calling and conferencing, sharing desktops, etc.
Instant Messaging Apps:
- Yahoo! Messenger
- Windows live messenger
Two kinds of instant messaging software
- Application based
- Web based
FACTS OF WHATSAPP CASE
Relation with Harshita Chawla, Alphabet Inc., Vinod Gupta Case
(Harshita Chawla v. WhatsApp Inc., Case No. 15 of 2020 (‘Harshita Chawla case’) as well as XYZ v. Alphabet Inc., Case No. 07 of 2020) The Informant has claimed that WhatsApp is in serious non-compliance of critical and mandatory procedural norms pertaining to data localisation and storage. The Informant has raised concerns with data security. These, in the considered view of the Commission, do not seem to raise any competition concern and as such may not need any further scrutiny by it. To contend that issues related to data localization and data sharing need not be looked in under the Competition law.
Author: Jainab Khatoon