The IT ministry, while seeking a withdrawal of the policy changes, also told WhatsApp to rethink its stance on data security, information privacy and freedom of choice.
WhatsApp has issued clarifications stating that the new policy would not impact the individual chats in any way. (Image: Reuters)
The ministry, while seeking a withdrawal of these policy changes, also told WhatsApp to rethink its stance on data security, information privacy and freedom of choice.
WhatsApp has issued clarifications stating that the new policy would not impact the individual chats in any way and would only lead to business accounts on WhatsApp sharing more data with Facebook. It also said that it was committed to user privacy, something even Facebook has asserted every time it came under fire for user privacy violation. Even though the platform asserted that all of the private group and individual chats and calls would remain protected by the end-to-end encryption technology, it did little to pacify users, who have been shifting to alternative platforms like Telegram and Signal in huge numbers.
The outrage and mass shifting of users still carried on even though the platform delayed the implementation of the new policy from February to May.
Now, it seems that WhatsApp might have to implement a Europe-like exemption from this policy for Indian users if the government is committed to ensuring that WhatsApp backs out of this update. Notably, users in Europe are not covered under this new policy.