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Indian Govt Orders WhatsApp to Withdraw controversial Privacy Policy

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Indian Govt Orders WhatsApp to Withdraw controversial Privacy Policy

After the backlash received due to Whatsapp’s new privacy policy, Ministry for Electronics and Information and Technology has directly written to Whatsapp CEO Will Cathcart, and asked them to respect Indians.

The letter sternly asks Whatsapp to withdraw their controversial privacy policy. Which makes accessing data of Indians and sharing with advertisers, and Facebook seamless.

The letter states that the new privacy policy from Whatsapp “raises grave concerns regarding the implications for the choice and autonomy of Indian citizens,”

The choice of Indians should be respected and “any unilateral changes to the WhatsApp Terms of Service and Privacy would not be fair and acceptable.”

Whatsapp had earlier imposed a deadline of February 8th for all Indians, who are using their app. Their notice stated that if anyone is not accepting their new privacy policy, then their account will be banned.

Whatsapp has now clarified that no one’s account will be blocked or banned after February 8th. And the implementation of the new privacy policy has now been delayed by 3 months.

Read More | Stop using WhatsApp if you Don’t Like its Privacy Policy: Delhi High Court

“Does WhatsApp conduct profiling of Indian users on the basis of their usage of application? What nature of profiling is conducted?” the government asked.

The government wants to know whether WhatsApp captures information about other apps running on the mobile device of the user? “If yes, what information is being captured by the app and what purpose is it being collected and used?”

The government also asked the company details about the server where the data of Indians is stored. And seeking information on whether it provides access to third parties to access a user’s personal data.

The government asked WhatsApp whether its app harvests user data. “Has the company faced any action in any country for surreptitiously harvesting user data?”.

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