— Nishant Pathak (@NishantBareilly) March 6, 2021
What is the new notification?
WhatsApp in its new reminder notification states that it is not changing the privacy of user’s personal conversations, which will remain end-to-end encrypted and will never change. It adds that this will make it easier for businesses to chat using Facebook tools. It also states that chats with these businesses are optional and will be labelled on the app.
WhatsApp in India?
To recall, the Indian Supreme Court (SC) recently asked WhatsApp and the Centre to furnish a reply to a plea alleging lower standards of privacy for Indians in comparison to European counterparts. The apex court stated that “people have grave apprehensions that they will lose their privacy and it is our duty to protect them.”
The Centre during the hearing stated that social media apps like WhatsApp cannot share data of users and that all user data must be protected. Whereas, WhatsApp said that if a similar law to GDPR is introduced in India, the company will follow it.