The Indian government may call WhatsApp to explain why its new data privacy policy applies in India but not in Europe

The Indian government may call WhatsApp to explain why its new data privacy policy applies in India but not in Europe
WhatsApp recently announced changes to its privacy policy.Pixabay
  • The Indian government is reportedly looking into WhatsApp’s new terms of service and privacy policies.
  • The government is also looking into why WhatsApp’s new privacy policy does not apply in Europe.
  • 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.
WhatsApp recently announced it is updating its terms of service and privacy policies from February 8. After coming under criticism from all sides, the Facebook-owned company is now reportedly under the government’s scanner as well.

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

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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.

Trade body calls for WhatsApp ban in India

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has asked that the Indian government should either restrict WhatsApp from implementing the new privacy policy on ban WhatsApp and Facebook in India.

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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