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The Authorities of India has requested WhatsApp to withdraw its new privateness coverage

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The Government of India has asked WhatsApp to withdraw its controversial Privacy Policy.

The government cited ‘grave concerns’ regarding the absence of freedom of choice to the Indian users.

The government of India sent a letter to WhatsApp’s CEO Will Cathcart, where the Government claimed the presence of differential treatment to the Indian users when compared to its European Counterpart.

Letter stated:

Whether this [the new policy] will enable better provision of service to users or not is beside the point, the issue is the impact it has on informational privacy, data security, and user choice

The government seemed upset considering that, Indians didn’t receive the choice to opt-out of the changes made to the privacy policy.

The government emphasized the importance of informational privacy, data security, and freedom of choice.

It is pertinent to note that WhatsApp’s privacy policy in Europe prohibits the sharing of any information for its own purpose, while the same is absent in the Indian counterpart.

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