The central government on Monday told the Delhi High Court that messaging application Whatsapp's new privacy policy is being examined at the highest level and it is seeking clarification from the Facebook-owned company on the matter. The new policy will come into effect from May 15, reported PTI.

Taking note of the submission, Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva granted three weeks time to the government for the purpose and asked it to file a status report while listing the matter for further hearing on April 19.

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The court was hearing a petition by a lawyer against the new privacy policy of WhatsApp on the ground that it violates users right to privacy under the Constitution.

Central government standing counsel Kirtiman Singh said they are in the process of gathering more clarity on the issue and are seeking clarifications from the instant messaging platform.

He said the matter is being examined at the highest level and sought three weeks time to file the status report.

The Centre had earlier informed the high court that WhatsApp was treating Indian users differently from Europeans over opting out of its new privacy policy which was a matter of concern for the government and it was looking into the issue.

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It had also said it was also a matter of concern that Indian users were being "unilaterally" subjected to the change in the privacy policy by the instant messaging platform.

The high court had earlier observed that WhatsApp was a private app and it was optional whether to download it or not.

The Centre had said the government was already looking into the issue and has sent a communication to WhatsApp seeking certain information.

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WhatsApp’s counsel had told the court that the communication has been received from the Centre and will be responded to.

The plea by Chaitanya Rohilla, through advocate Manohar Lal, has claimed that the new privacy policy of WhatsApp allows full access into a user's online activity without there being any supervision by the government.

Under the new policy, users can either accept it or exit the app, but they cannot opt not to share their data with other Facebook-owned or third party apps, it said.