The ministry asked WhatsApp to withdraw the proposed changes and reconsider its approach to information privacy, freedom of selection, and data security. The letter stated that Indians should be treated with due respect and any unilateral change in WhatsApp’s service, privacy terms are neither fair nor acceptable.
Communications, Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad assured at the 15th India Digital Summit that national security and privacy would be given the highest importance during liaison with international companies. WhatsApp has been heavily criticized by many countries around the world including India on the issue of data security and privacy. However, WhatsApp has said that the messages sent on its platform are completely confidential and WhatsApp or Facebook cannot view private messages sent from its platform.
Ravi Shankar Prasad stated, “My department is working on this issue, and being the deciding authority, it would not be appropriate for me to comment on it. However, I would like to say one thing very clearly. Be it WhatsApp, Facebook, or any digital platform, you are free to do business in India but do so without infringing on the rights of Indians working here.”Follow Punekar News: