India warns WhatsApp again on new privacy policy terms

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  • The Indian government expresses concerns against new privacy terms by WhatsApp.
  • New Delhi officials state that WhatsApp has seven days to offer a satisfactory response.
  • If the two parties will not reach an agreement, India is ready to take legal action.
  • This is the company's second warning this year in regards to this sensitive matter.
WhatsApp warned by India

Following the announcement about the new privacy policy terms made public by WhatsApp, the Indian government has issued a serious warning for the Facebook owned company.

Indian officials made it extremely clear that the terms of compliance must be met within seven days, otherwise, they would pursue legal alternatives.

WhatsApp faces legal backlash from India’s government

According to a post on Twitter, The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), from India, is not at all pleased that WhatsApp would try to enforce these privacy terms on its population.

By agreeing to these terms, users grant WhatsApp the consent to share personal information, such as their phone number and location, with Facebook.

Even though WhatsApp stated that information exchange between the two companies remains just as private as before, New Delhi officials are not at all pleased and will stand their ground.

In fulfillment of its sovereign responsibility to protect the rights and interests of Indian citizens, the government of India will consider various options available to it under laws in India.

Also, major figures within the government are still wondering why the Indian users are supposed to agree to such terms when the ones in Europe are not.

This is WhatsApp’s second warning

Earlier this year, the Indian government issued another warning towards WhatsApp, addressing the same problem with the privacy policy terms.

The Asian country expressed grave concerns regarding the implications for the choice and autonomy of Indian citizens.

Because of these complications, WhatsApp had to pushback the imposition of these privacy updates by three months, until May 15.

And although many of the users who were prompted to accept these new terms already agreed with doing it, those running the country are not happy.

This could be a big blow for WhatsApp, if the two parties do not reach common ground, as India is WhatsApp’s biggest market by users, with over 450 million active users.

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