This update to WhatsApp’s policy has raised concerns about privacy violations and has led to an investigation by the Indian competition regulator.

WhatsApp told the Delhi High Court on Friday that it has suspended its new privacy policy pending the entry into force of the Data Protection Act and will not limit functionality for users who have not consented to the new privacy policy Business hours reported.

On behalf of WhatsApp and about the new policy, Senior Advocate Harish Salve said, “We’ve volunteered to put it on hold … we’re not going to force people to accept it.” Salve said, however, that the messaging platform The report said that the update will continue to be displayed to their users.

“The obligation is that I will not do anything until the Parliament bill comes. Then, of course, when a parliamentary law comes along, you have to obey that law. If Parliament allows me to have a separate policy for India, I will have it. If it doesn’t allow me, it’s bad luck. Then I have to take a call, “said Salve The Indian Express.

What is the new data protection declaration about?

The new guidelines are largely expanded and better explained versions of their existing terms, albeit with some additions. The most notable addition includes Integration of WhatsApp into the Facebook product family and more data exchange with Facebook.

It enables WhatsApp to share any information specified in the detailed “Information We Collect” section of the Policy. In addition, messages to WhatsApp Business accounts could potentially be shared with third parties, which could include Facebook itself.

This free flow of data between Facebook apps would theoretically enable the company to understand user preferences and profiles and improve its ad targeting algorithms.

Timeline of major events

January 4, 2021: WhatsApp began alerting its users worldwide with an in-app notification of updates to its Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It informed users that those who do not agree to the amended policy will no longer be able to use the application after February 8, 2021.

January 14th: A petition has been filed with the Delhi High Court alleging that WhatsApp’s latest update to its privacy policy is an “absolute violation” of the right to privacy and gives the company a 360-degree profile of an individual’s online activities.

January 16: After significant backlash and amid a heated debate over privacy, WhatsApp is postponing the application of its updated privacy policy for three months, giving users until May 15 to accept the new terms.

January 19: The Department of IT is writing a letter to WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart asking for proposed changes to WhatsApp’s terms and conditions to be withdrawn.

February: WhatsApp starts displaying banners in the app with information about the changes to fix the backlash.

25th March: The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is ordering an investigation to determine the “full scope, scope and impact” of data exchanges under WhatsApp’s new privacy policy and terms of use.

April 22nd: The Delhi Supreme Court rejects lawsuits filed by WhatsApp and its parent company Facebook against the CCI’s investigation to update the privacy policy so that CCI can continue its investigation.

May 7th: WhatsApp said it won’t terminate user accounts after May 15, the deadline for adopting its new privacy policy.

10th of May: Although WhatsApp said it won’t cancel users who don’t accept the new privacy policy by May 15, an Entrackr report shows that users who disagree with reminders of the new policy have severely restricted their account.

25. May: In a reversal of a previous statement, WhatsApp says it will not limit features to users who have yet to “agree” or agree to their new privacy policy and will wait for the proposed privacy policy (legislation) to be debated on a parliamentary committee.

June 21st: WhatsApp urges the Delhi Supreme Court to suspend CCI’s notice asking it to provide information related to a regulator-ordered investigation into the messaging app’s new privacy policy.

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