Team Udayavani, May 20, 2021, 10:38 AM IST
IT ministry official said, “We have a sovereign responsibility to protect the rights and interests of Indian citizens. The government will consider various options available under the law.”
Officials asserted that mere deferral by WhatsApp of the last date to accept the updated terms beyond its deadline of May 15 did not absolve it from respecting informational privacy, data security, and user choice for Indian users.
WhatsApp in a statement said it continued to engage with the Indian government and its update did not impact the privacy of personal messages for anyone.
A spokesperson of WhatsApp said that no accounts were deleted on May 15 because of this update and no one in India lost the functionality of WhatsApp either. He added that they will follow up with reminders to people over the next several weeks.
In the January letter, the ministry said that WhatsApp’s accept-the-terms-or-leave-the-platform stance for users in India when the same did not apply to its European users.
WhatsApp also said that it would continue reminding users who had not yet accepted the terms to do so, and would eventually limit their usage of the platform by making certain services and features unavailable to them if they did not.
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