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WhatsApp and Facebook had argued that the issue is already pending before the Supreme Court and High Court.
On March 24, the CCI had directed for completion of investigation 60 days after coming to a prima facie conclusion that the conduct of WhatsApp in “sharing of users’ personalised data with other Facebook companies, in a manner that is neither fully transparent nor based on voluntary and specific user consent” appears unfair to the users.
The companies had argued that the issue is already pending before the Supreme Court and High Court. However, the CCI had argued that the issue before it is related to the competition with regard to data sharing, data collection and targeted advertising.