WhatsApp and Facebook get snubbed by the Delhi High Court that allowed India’s competition regulator to probe Mark Zuckerberg’s companies
Delhi High Courthas given the green light for the Competition Commission of India(CCI) to conduct its investigation against WhatsApp and Facebook.
- The CCI contends that excessive data collection and sharing between the two social media giants could be harmful to the competition environment.
- Facebook’s argument that an investigation could not be conducted against it because WhatsApp is a subsidiary was also rejected.
AdvertisementIndia’s competition watchdog, the Competition Commission of India (CCI), has gotten the green light from Delhi’s High Court to proceed with its investigation against WhatsApp and its parent company Facebook.
Facebook’s argument that an investigation could not be conducted against it because WhatsApp is a subsidiary was also rejected.
It’s not about privacy, it’s about excessive data sharing
The competition watchdog contends that WhatsApp is using its dominant position in the market to force users to share information with its parent company, Facebook.
And, this ‘excessive’ data collection will get in the way of maintaining a healthy competitive environment. New players, who may want to enter the market, will not be able to operate that the same scale.
For now, the CCI is free to go ahead with its investigation. Meanwhile, WhatsApp and Facebook will have another battle to face in the Supreme Court.
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