This update to WhatsApp’s policy has raised concerns about privacy violations and has led to an investigation by the Indian competition regulator.
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 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is writing a letter to WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart asking for proposed changes to WhatsApp’s terms and conditions to be withdrawn.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.