WhatsApp Privacy Policy Row: Why Different Policies for Europe and India! Government is reviewing

Instant messaging app WhatsApp (WhatsApp) has created a ruckus after the new privacy policy. Angry with the new policy, people are leaving WhatsApp and turning to another messaging app. Now WhatsApp’s parent company and social networking site Facebook (Facebook) has given a cleanliness about the privacy policy by giving full page ad in the newspapers of India. At the same time, according to sources, the Government of India is reviewing the new privacy policy of WhatsApp.

According to a Times of India report, sources said that discussions are going on in the Ministry of Information Technology (IT Ministry) about the latest move of WhatsApp. The issue is being discussed at a high level in the IT Ministry. The government is concerned about data security in India as there is currently no data protection law. A bill regarding a Personal Data Protection Law is in Parliament but it may take some time to become a law. Official sources said, “WhatsApp users ‘agreement is seen as lenient in the European Union, while it is widespread in India and may contain words that may harm users’ privacy.”

Businessmen descended against Facebook and WhatsApp

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), an association of retail traders, has demanded the government to ban WhatsApp and its parent company Facebook. Kat expressed concern over the new privacy policy of WhatsApp, saying that she (WhatsApp) should be stopped from implementing it or it should be banned altogether.

What is the new policy of WhatsApp

Recently, WhatsApp has updated its privacy policy. This privacy policy will come into effect from 8 February. WhatsApp explained in this how she processes users’ data and shares them (data) with Facebook. The update also said that users will have to agree to the new terms and policy by February 8, 2021 to continue using WhatsApp’s service.

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