"The matter is pending before the Supreme Court. This is a headline-grabbing endeavour" said Senior Advocate Harish Salve, appearing for WhatsApp, as quoted by Bar & Bench.
Appearing for the CCI, Additional Solicitor General Aman Lekhi said the analysis of data will give more information about a user than physical stalking.
"They are dealing with excessive data collection, use and sharing of it, in anti competitive context," the Additional Solicitor General said.
Lekhi also said the question is whether access to data would lead to abuse of dominant position.
"Who is calling whom, through which device, when and for what purpose, customer profiling and consumer preference will be monetize and lead to network effect. It is open for both WhatsApp and Facebook to dominate and abuse," Lekhi said.
The Additional Solicitor General said that data sharing will enable targeted advertising and customer profiling.
WhatsApp, which has 530 million users in India, plans to roll out the policy from May 15, 2021.