"As a reminder, the recent update does not change the privacy of people's personal messages. Its purpose is to provide additional information about how people can interact with businesses if they choose to do so," it said.
The Centre also submitted that the current notification, as being pushed by WhatsApp on its users, whether existing or new, is 'against the very grain of prima facie opinion of the Competition Commission of India's order dated 24/03/2021'.
On Centre's contention against multiple notifications to users about the update, WhatsApp said, "We will not limit the functionality of how WhatsApp works in the coming weeks. Instead, we will continue to remind users from time to time about the update as well as when people choose to use relevant optional features, like communicating with a business that is receiving support from Facebook," the spokesperson added.
The messaging app will maintain this approach until at least the forthcoming Personal Data Protection (PDP) law comes into effect.
"We hope this approach reinforces the choice that all users have whether or not they want to interact with a business," it added.
In a fresh affidavit, WhatsApp said that the 2021 update is a contract between private parties that users are free to accept or reject.
Accordingly, WhatsApp submitted that the petitioner's attempt to invoke writ jurisdiction under Article 226 of the Constitution of India to challenge the 2021 Update - a private contract - is impermissible and abuse of writ jurisdiction.
The concerned bench did not assemble on Thursday and the matter was adjourned for July 22 for further hearing. (ANI)