The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity) once again has asked the company to withdraw the policy. WhatsApp has been given seven days to respond back with their plan. Also Read - Happy Dusshera 2021 messages, images, stickers, quotes: How to create, send Happy Vijayadashami greetings via WhatsApp
IT Ministry to WhatsApp: Withdraw new policy
As per several media reports, a senior IT minister said, “We have a sovereign responsibility to protect the rights and interests of Indian citizens. The government will consider various options available under the law.” The minister, however, didn’t confirm what are the actions that the government could take if WhatsApp doesn’t withdraw the new policy.
WhatsApp said it continued to engage with the government of India and that the policy update did not impact the privacy of personal messages for any user in the country. “No accounts were deleted on May 15 because of this update and no one in India lost functionality of WhatsApp either. We will follow up with reminders to people over the next several weeks,” a WhatsApp spokesperson said.
The new notice issued on Tuesday reiterated the “discriminatory” treatment towards Indian WhatsApp users when compared to those in Europe. “As you are doubtlessly aware, many Indian citizens depend on WhatsApp to communicate in everyday life. It is not just problematic, but also irresponsible, for WhatsApp to leverage this position to impose unfair terms and conditions on Indian users, particularly those that discriminate against Indian users vis-à-vis users in Europe,” the new notice read.
Time and again WhatsApp has said that the platform is end-to-end encrypted and can never see or store personal conversations or information of users.