The notice, sent on May 18, has offered WhatsApp seven days to respond, and if the government does not acquire any satisfactory response till then, it will initiate action in consonance with the laws.
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“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-a-vis users in Europe,” MeitY has communicated in the notice.
The new policy has also been challenged in the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court exactly where the matter is sub judice. However, the courts have not stayed its implementation.
In a late evening statement, WhatsApp mentioned, “We continue to engage with the government and we reaffirm what we said before that this update does not impact the privacy of personal messages for anyone. Our goal is to provide information about new options we are building that people will have, to message a business on WhatsApp, in the future. While the majority of users who have received the new terms of service have accepted them, we appreciate some people haven’t had the chance to do so yet”.
It mentioned no accounts had been deleted on May 15 since of this update and no one in India lost functionality of WhatsApp either. “We will comply with up with reminders to persons more than the next various weeks.We’re grateful for the significant part WhatsApp plays in people’s lives and we’ll take every single oppo