The bench added that when proceedings are initiated by CCI, it cannot be said that it’s without jurisdiction, and the CCI cannot be dissuaded from investigation an alleged violation of Competition Act, 2002. Dismissing the petitions, the top court said any observations of the high court in proceedings are to be treated as tentative and prima facie, and the matter is to be considered on its own merits.
In August this year, the Delhi High Court dismissed the appeals filed by WhatApp and Facebook (now Meta) challenging the single judge bench’s order which had refused to stay the CCI’s last year’s order.
It was clarified that users won’t have access to their WhatsApp chat list. They will only be able to perform basic tasks such as answer or make incoming voice or video calls as well as read or reply to messages when a WhatsApp notification hits your phone. WhatsApp also said that if users don’t accept the policy, their accounts will not be deleted. WhatsApp will send “persistent reminders” to users about accepting the new policy. It was also cleared that even when users accept WhatsApp’s new policy, their chat will remain end-to-end encrypted. No third-party or Facebook can see users’ private chats or calls.