“In fulfilling its sovereign responsibility to protect the rights and interests of Indian citizens, the Government of India will consider various options available under the laws of India,” the letter says.
If you don’t live under a rock, then you know that WhatsApp had plans to roll out the update much earlier, on February 8. However, due to backlash and loss of user trust, the company delayed the launch until May 15. You can watch our in-depth video on WhatsApp’s evil plan to force users to accept the new policy just below to find out more:
Furthermore, the company recently argued that other apps like Aarogya Setu, Zoom, and Truecaller collect more user data than WhatsApp. However, MeitY is now asking WhatsApp why Indian users should accept the policy when users from the European Union (EU) have been exempted from it.
“It is not only problematic, but also irresponsible, for WhatsApp to take advantage of this position to impose unfair terms and conditions on Indian users, particularly those that discriminate against Indian users versus users in Europe,” MeitY further wrote in the letter.
WhatsApp has seven days to give an adequate response to the Indian government. And if they do not respond within that period, the Ministry has warned that it will have to take legal measures against the company.
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