A single-member bench of Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva asked the center to file a status report and placed the matter on the agenda for April 19.
The court noted that the government is investigating the issue and gave the center more time to respond to the case.
Attorney Kirtiman Singh, acting on behalf of the Center, told the Court that the government is in the process of obtaining certain clarifications and needs time to study them.
He also told the court that the Supreme Court has already issued a communication on a similar request regarding WhatsApp’s updated policy.
The government told the court that the Data Protection Bill is pending and WhatsApp’s response has been sought by the central government and that the center is concerned about how Indian users are not being given the option to choose.
Manohar Lal, lawyer for the petitioner, told the court that the government had introduced a data protection bill, but it never saw the light of day.