The Govt of India has ordered WhatsApp to withdraw its new privacy policies as they undermine privacy, data security and harms the legal rights of Indian citizens using the platform. The ministry has taken a stand against Whatsapp for “irresponsibly” leveraging its position to impose “unfair” terms and conditions on Indian users. An expert said, “The option apparently given to users in other jurisdictions to opt-out of the revised policy will also need to be explained.”
Govt of India is looking to take appropriate measures around WhatsApps new privacy rules. On Thursday Germany banned the new privacy rules of WhatsApp, which will come into effect from May 15 for users to accept. Not accepting the policy will not lead to the removal of accounts, but certainly features downgrade. “The ministry is proactively looking at what we can do about it,” MeitY Special Secretary and Financial Advisor Jyoti Arora said in an event.
The start of 2021 wasn’t exactly as smooth as the Instant Messaging platform Whatsapp had wanted. The Facebook-owned platform, however, said that despite facing retaliation they have seen their numbers grow. Exact numbers were not provided by the social network. Facebook’s family of apps witnessed a growth of 3.21 bn active users in Sept to 3.45 bn users by the end of March.
Google is finally working on the privacy of data for its users. On Thursday, the tech giants released a statement seeking details of the data collected by developers on the Play Store and also how it was being used. The third quarter of this year shall see the new privacy policies being rolled out and by Q4 the developers, including Google itself, compiling with them. Google wants to ensure that Google Play is a safe space for android app users.