The ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY) wrote a letter to WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart saying that India is home to the largest user base of WhatsApp globally and is one the biggest markets for its services.
MeitY further said that the company should respect the Indians and “any unilateral changes to the WhatsApp Terms of Service and Privacy would not be fair and acceptable.”
In addition, the Delhi High Court also said that it did not get any clarity on what data would be leaked as per the petitioner and since the issue requires consideration, it will be listed on January 25 due to paucity of time on Monday. The Centre has also agreed to the same and said that this issue needs to be looked at.
Meanwhile, Whatsapp has claimed that the private chat messages between family and friends would remain encrypted and cannot be stored by WhatsApp and this position would not change under the new policy. It further assured that only the business chats will get affected due to the change in policy.