Indian Govt Puts WhatsApp On Notice Regarding User’s Privacy
It went as a WhatsApp court notice warning the company. A reliable source affirmed that,
WhatsApp got a notice from the IT ministry. The fresh letter sent said that,
The IT ministry has taken the same view and standpoint in the Delhi High Court, where the matter is expected to be subjudice. MeitY has provided WhatsApp a tenure of seven days to revert back to the letter sent and said,
This is not the first time. The WhatsApp govt notice asked the company to modify its privacy policies in January as well and asked to make the proposed changes,
Earlier the date was set to February 8, but WhatsApp failed to respond by that time, so the next date was set to May 15 after severe privacy issues and backlashes over the fact that the user’s data are being shared with Facebook.
The legal portal LiveLaw further said that companies such as Google, Zoom, Microsoft, Zomato, Ola Cabs, Republic World, Big Basket, True caller, Koo, and public sector entities such as Sandes, Aarogya Setu, Bhim, Government e-Marketplace (GeM), Air India, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), also have relevant policies.
A spokesperson for WhatsApp said,
Recently Germany’s govt notice WhatsApp was sent but failing to receive any response it banned the update of this private company and WhatsApp did not even try to enforce that on that country’s users. MeitY in its communication with WhatsApp has also raised its “discriminatory treatment”. The ministry on Friday said,
Earlier this year CCI who is known as the competition watchdog called for an investigation regarding this matter as it figured out changes prima facie “exploitative and exclusionary” for users. Along with CCI, the supreme court has also flagged objections as said that it will “examine” the update that has been proposed, even though the case has not been escalated to the high court. The supreme court while making it clear that they won’t allow sharing of people’s privacy said,
The decision of WhatsApp to share its user’s data with Facebook started to raise concerns worldwide while considering the poor impression of the company when it comes to maintaining user’s digital privacy and safety. To justify that more than one instance is the Cambridge Analytica Scandal. There are many other security breaches along with that.