Merchants’ physique CAIT on Sunday wrote to Info and Expertise Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad demanding that the federal government prohibit WhatsApp from implementing its new privateness coverage or impose a ban on the messaging app and its mother or father firm Fb.
The Confederation of All India Merchants (CAIT) claimed that via the brand new privateness coverage, “all types of non-public information, fee transactions, contacts, location and different important info of an individual who’s utilizing WhatsApp will probably be acquired by it and can be utilized for any goal by WhatsApp”.
Within the communication to Prasad, CAIT has demanded that “authorities ought to instantly prohibit WhatsApp from implementing the brand new coverage or put a ban on WhatsApp and its mother or father firm Fb”, the merchants’ physique said.
CAIT mentioned Fb has greater than 200 million customers in India and enabling it to entry information of each consumer can pose severe risk to not solely the economic system however even to the safety of the nation.
Nonetheless, in an e-mail response to PTI, a WhatsApp spokesperson mentioned, “To additional enhance transparency, we up to date the privateness coverage to explain that going ahead companies can select to obtain safe internet hosting providers from our mother or father firm Fb to assist handle their communications with their clients on WhatsApp.
“Although after all, it stays as much as the consumer whether or not or not they need to message with a enterprise on WhatsApp.”
The spokesperson additional mentioned that the replace doesn’t change WhatsApp’s information sharing practices with Fb and doesn’t affect how folks talk privately with pals or household wherever they’re on this planet.
“WhatsApp stays deeply dedicated to defending folks’s privateness. We’re speaking immediately with customers via WhatsApp about these adjustments in order that they have time to assessment the brand new coverage over the course of the following month,” the spokesperson added.
An e-mail despatched to Fb searching for touch upon the difficulty didn’t elicit a response.
CAIT Secretary Normal Praveen Khandelwal mentioned, “The modified privateness coverage of WhatsApp is an encroachment on privateness of a person and runs in opposition to the essential fundamentals of Structure of India and subsequently the CAIT has demanded speedy intervention of the federal government.”