The notice comes amid the delayed roll out of a controversial new update that will force users in India and around the world to agree to new terms in order to keep using the app. The updated terms of service does not apply to WhatsApp users in Europe due to strict privacy regulations.
“People value their privacy more than the value of the company, which might be in the trillions,” stated the Supreme Court notice, written by Chief Justice S A Bobde, according to local media.
“People have grave apprehension that they will lose their privacy, and it is our duty to protect them.”
The most recent policy update that WhatsApp notified users of in January prompted some prominent tech figures, including Edward Snowden and Elon Musk, to advise people to switch to more secure apps.
Download figures suggest a vast numbers of users have switched to rival services, such as Signal and Telegram, since the update began to be rolled out in January.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during the company’s most recent earnings call that its messaging services were continuing to grow, though no figures have been made public.
The backlash forced WhatsApp to clarify its privacy policies, noting that the content of messages will remain encrypted and therefore inaccessible to the company.
It also delayed the introduction of the new terms with the intention of giving more information before they are pushed out to users.
The latest update relates to business features like shopping services operating on the app, while more general permissions that allow WhatsApp to share phone numbers and other personal information with Facebook were already in place.
“We want to address some rumours and be 100 per cent clear we continue to protect your private messages with end-to-end encryption,” WhatsApp said in a statement released in January.