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INDIAN GOVERNMENT WARNS WHATSAPP TO SCRAP ITS NEW PRIVACY POLICY

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• A senior IT Ministry official 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.”

According to officials, online messaging platform WhatsApp is likely to face legal action in India by May 25 if it is unable satisfactory reply to a new notice sent by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology that asks the company to withdraw its latest privacy policy update.
A senior IT Ministry official 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 IT Ministry of India in the notice to WhatsApp said that “changes to the privacy policy and the manner of introducing these changes including in FAQ (frequently asked questions) undermines the sacrosanct values of informational privacy, data security and user choice for Indian users and harms the rights and interests of Indian citizens.”
On the other hand, WhatsApp has continuously said that it continues to engage with the Indian government and its update did not impact the privacy of personal messages for anyone. A spokesperson for the Facebook-owned instant messaging platform said “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.”

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