WhatsApp should withdraw privacy-invading policy update: India’s Ministry of Technology

In a statement on Tuesday, India’s Ministry of Technology said, it has told Facebook Inc-owned WhatsApp to withdraw the recent changes in its privacy policy since it they take away choice from Indian users.

“The proposed changes raise grave concerns regarding the implications for the choice and autonomy of Indian citizens,” said Ministry of Technology in an email addressed to WhatsApp’s CEO Will Cathcart dated January 18. “Therefore, you are called upon to withdraw the proposed changes.”

WhatsApp did not immediately respond to requests for comments. Previously it has stated, its new privacy policy update does not affect the privacy of users’ messages with friends, family and in groups.

Last week, following a raft of criticism over its new update policy with migrating to WhatsApp’s peer such as Signal and Telegram, the company said it would delay the new policy launch to May from February.

India is WhatsApp’s biggest market.

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