Indian Gov’t Slams WhatsApp For Forcing Users To Accept Its Privacy Policy

In a new affidavit filed with the Delhi High Court, the government of India has claimed that WhatsApp used “trick consent” for its privacy policy by indulging in “anti-user” practices.

The government has been accusing WhatsApp of forcing users to accept its privacy policy as the government prepares legislation called the Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill.

The bill is expected to come with a data-localisation provision that will require all foreign companies to install their servers within India to store the data collected from Indian nationals. The bill was presented before Parliament by India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) in December 2019.

In January, the instant messaging app WhatsApp notified its “two billion” clients that some user data is shared by WhatsApp’s Business app with Facebook to personalise the buyer-seller experience. Started in 2018, WhatsApp Business is dedicated to connecting merchants and buyers for business purposes only. The update raised user-privacy concerns.

Forsided, 03.2021
Source: Sputnik News

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