- The Indian government has reportedly accused WhatsApp of being ‘unfair’ towards Indian users.
- Apart from threatening legal action, the government made strong observations.
A report by PTI, quoting government sources, says that the ministry has written to WhatsApp on May 18, asking the Facebook-owned company to respond within 7 days.
More than just a threat of legal action
IT ministry takes umbrage to discrimination against Indian users
European users have the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to thank for it. With the Indian Data Protection law still under works, the Indian government might lack the teeth to force WhatsApp to withdraw its new terms and conditions.
“It is crucial the Indian Data Protection law ensures maximum privacy protection for the users while also aligning with the security and economic realities of India,” he further added.
WhatsApp isn’t backing down, for now
In a statement to Business Insider, the company said:
We continue to engage with the government and we reaffirm what we said before – that this update does not impact the privacy of personal messages for anyone.Our goal is to provide information about new options we are building that people will have, to message a business on WhatsApp, in the future. While the majority of users who have received the new terms of service have accepted them, we appreciate some people haven’t had the chance to do so yet.No accounts were deleted on May 15 because of this update and no one in India lost functionality of WhatsApp either. We will follow up with reminders to people over the next several weeks.
With inputs from PTI.
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