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    Published On : Thu, Jan 14th, 2021
    Tech News | By Nagpur Today Nagpur News

    Govt to examine WhatsApp’s user policy changes


    The government is examining and evaluating the recent privacy policy update announced by WhatsApp, amid an outcry over the controversial changes linking data of WhatsApp users to Facebook’s other products and services, according to sources.

    Internal discussions are on within the IT Ministry over the implications of the recent move by the Facebook-owned messaging platform, they said. The issue needs to be looked at, in detail, given that concerns have been raised by a large section of users including some top business leaders, they added.

    WhatsApp, which has over 400 million users in India, counts the country among its biggest markets globally. Sources further said that WhatsApp’s policy update would also be evaluated in the context of the current legal framework.

    While the IT Ministry has not yet approached WhatsApp seeking an explanation on the matter, a decision on the same is likely to be taken soon. The development comes amid a raging debate over WhatsApp’s controversial update in its terms of service and privacy policy around how it processes user data and partners with Facebook to offer integrations across the social media giant’s products.

    WhatsApp had informed users about these changes through an in-app notification, last week. It said that users will have to agree to the new terms and policy by February 8, in order to continue using the platform. This led to a user backlash and triggered memes on the internet over WhatsApp’s alleged sharing of user information with Facebook. Many users have also started shifting to rival platforms like Telegram and Signal, and these platforms have seen millions of downloads globally in the immediate aftermath of the event.

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