WhatsApp will, however, continue to display the update to users who have not accepted it, and it will remain in force for those who have, the company said.
“We voluntarily agreed to put it (the new policy) on hold… we will not compel people to accept,” senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for WhatsApp, told the court.
The court was hearing a plea by the instant messaging platform and its owner, Facebook, challenging a CCI, or Competition Commission of India, inquiry into the policy.
Over 100 billion personal messages a day are end-to-end encrypted by default on WhatsApp
The CCI had issued notices to both last month, asking for more information about the policy.
In the previous hearing on June 23, the High Court refused to stay the CCI notice to WhatsApp.
The company had argued that the notices “smacked of overreach” since the information it was seeking was already pending before a different bench of the same court. It also reminded the court that related challenges were still pending before both the Supreme Court and itself.
The matter was adjourned after Mr Salve sought time to respond to the CCI notices.