A notice was issued to the CCI by a bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh which ordered an inquiry and sought its response by May 21, the next date of hearing.
The CCI had argued before the single judge that it was not investigating alleged violations of the privacy of individuals which were being looked into by the Supreme Court.
The CCI had also told the court that it could be determined only after the investigation whether data collection and sharing with Facebook by WhatsApp would lead to an anti-competitive practice or abuse of effective status.
It also hypothesized that the data collected, including an individual’s location, the type of device used, their Internet service provider and who they are interacting with, would create a customer profile and preference Which way will monetize targeted advertising and all this to “chase”.
He had also said that the CCI ruling was an abuse of the Commission’s self-motivation jurisdiction.
He had claimed that the CCI in the instant case had “gone too far” from the aspect of the competition and was looking into privacy issues that were already being looked into by the apex court and the Delhi High Court.