Indian governmentis reportedly looking into WhatsApp’s new terms of service and privacy policies.
- WhatsApp recently announced new privacy policies that will come in effect from February 8.
- WhatsApp will stop working for users who do not agree to the new terms after February 8.
As part of the new policies, WhatsApp will start sharing some data with Facebook and its affiliated companies. This move has sparked privacy concerns across the world as WhatsApp users will not be able to use the app without agreeing to the new terms.
Matter being discussed at the highest levels in IT ministry
As per a Times of India report, the Indian government has started examining the controversy surrounding WhatsApp’s new update. “We are collecting details,” said an official source. The issue is reportedly being discussed at the highest levels of the IT ministry.
As per the source, the government is concerned about the ‘regulatory vacuum’ in terms of data protection in India as there is no data protection law at present. A bill for a personal data protection law in the Parliament but it is likely to take some time before becoming a law.
"Also, the privacy update sought by WhatsApp in user agreement in European Union is seen as lenient while in India it is wide-ranging and may have terms that may potentially harm user privacy," the official source added.
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WhatsApp has issued a clarification stating that your privacy won’t be affected if you don’t use the two optional features. However, it has mentioned that any chats with businesses will be shared with Facebook and ads will be shown based on these chats.
WhatsApp says your privacy won't be affected if you don't use these two optional features
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